Got back home early today, just in time for 11-11-11!ย  They say today brings energies of renewal, which is perfect following a great trip with friends.ย  It’s been over a week since my last blog post, and I must admit, I’m surprised that I didn’t manage to blog while we were in Japan.ย  I even brought my laptop and Galaxy Tab along thinking I could blog while in transit, but somehow never got around to it.ย  Unplugging for a whole week was a rejuvenating vacation in itself! ๐Ÿ™‚

Also, I realized–belatedly–that traveling with a group of friends leaves little room for writing, since every moment is spent shopping, eating, sightseeing, or talking, drinking & laughing into the wee hours.ย  By the time Ito & I would enter our room, I’d just have enough energy to relax in a hot bath & brush my teeth before quickly falling asleep.ย  Suffice it to say, that we all had a lot of FUN!

Here are some initial pics from our “Turning Japanese” trip…

JR cracking us up even before we left the tarmac

Overlooking Osaka

This could be the cover of an indie album, LOL!ย  Erika, JR, Arvin, Anne, John, Ito (& me) in Amerikamura

Unlimited day passes on the subway were our best friend–especially when we’d get lost

It’s finally fall!ย  Temperatures drop & we layer up even more

Taking a stroll by the river in our area

Visiting Osaka castle on the 80th anniversary of its tower restoration

Pretty details abound on Osaka’s sidewalks

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