おはよう日本 (Ohayo gozaimasu.) Good Morning, Japan.

 

Japan. hop on a Jet and travel 13 hours halfway across the planet from Detroit. Japan. An Island nation, Efficient, Calm, Patient, Reserved and Peaceful. Cameras packed, @LanceStein awaiting my arrival at Tokyo Narita. The 10 plus day adventure that not only opened up my cultural horizons, but many times left me in awe of the social potentials yet unrealized by us here in the USA. Boarding the Shinkansen and speeding across the Japanese countryside at speeds of 185+ MPH I would experience more imagery and excitement than my lens (and eyes could handle)  The Megaopolis that is Tokyo. 30 Million strong and efficiently prepared for your enjoyment. Where even the youngest of Japanese citizens treat you and your property with respect. Where trains are never late, and never unsafe. To the Peace Memorial Park of Hiroshima. Where a humbled culture was destroyed and rebuilt again. Stronger and Laser Focused. To Kyoto, the gorgeous historic and cultural capital of Japan. Old world charm meets Chicago-esque neighborhood comfort. To Kesennuma, a fishing town in the North country, where tradition and family are strong and people like Baba Kuniaki opened there homes to us… Sharing the stories and reality of life resuming prosperously after the March 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami destroyed so very much. Where friends like @Jaykun organize student volunteers from all over the country, comforting and involving themselves within the community in Kesennuma. Sacrificing much of their own personal time to help others.

Never in my life have I felt so welcomed and respected. Inspiration surrounds. A very humble Arigatou gozaimasu (Thank You) to @LanceStein without your passion for language, social change and Japan, I would have been lost to so many wonderful experiences. Great to see you my friend! Now, Enjoy the imagery. Afterall, I documented it for you all.

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