We've been in Japan for a week now, and we have already decided that we want to move here.
We just really want to live in a society that appreciates cats as much as we do.
But really, we have been so impressed by pretty much everything here. I mean - look at these goddamn cherry blossoms. They are a beautiful reminder that life is fleeting. What you can't see is that inches away from these delicate little pink puffs is thousands of people getting wasted together (in business suits) to celebrate the fleetingness of life. If that isn't beautiful, I don't know what is.
Rachel and i both assumed the ohanami tradition - having a party under the cherry blossoms - would look like a sweet tea party. Boy, were we wrong. And it was more amazing that we imagined. The public parks where the ohanami parties happen even put out extra trash cans and porta-potties to facilitate the heavy drinking. It is amazing.
We are in Osaka right now, which feels like the Philadelphia of Japan. I actually miss Tokyo a lot right now, but I am pretty sure that I will be converted once I put one of Osaka's famous fried octopus balls in my mouth.