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A Day in Otaru

We asked around for day trip recommendations from Sapporo and Otaru, about an hour outside of Sapporo, kept coming up again and again. Rob and I really love riding the trains in Japan, though as I write this in Tokyo I could use a break. We knew there'd be great Autumn colors, at least one temple, and great places to eat. What more could you really want? Rickshaw guys in super tight clothes? They had those too!

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A Week in Sapporo

Last Spring we went to Japan for two weeks and the moment I got home, I wanted to go back. Two weeks was not enough so we started planning and Rob and I are back in Japan RIGHT NOW! We're going to spend just about a month going back to some favorite places from our last trip and finding new places to love. Sapporo is the first city on our list, followed by Tokyo, Kusatsu, Kyoto, Osaka, then Fukuoka. ...

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Deck Makeover

A few months ago, Rob and I bought our very first house together. The inspection and closing process took a lot of the glamour out of being new home owners (there were rodents involved) and the house itself needed a lot of cosmetic work before we were really excited to show everyone. We called it our little '80s dream home. The house just didn't really feel like us yet, but it does now!

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Kyoto, Japan

The second major city we visited on our trip was Kyoto. It's traditional old world charm makes it a major tourist spot (great at times and not so great at others). I learned a few things in Kyoto...

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Ikoma, Japan

Let's get on with more Japan goodness! On my second most favorite day in Japan, Rob and I jumped on the train to Ikoma before sunrise then hiked up more stairs than I thought existed...

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A-Kon 27

I believe a big reason Rob and I get along so well is we both make an effort to learn about each others' hobbies. He can tell the difference between knit and purl stitches and I can name seven types of Lolita. I've made it through four anime conventions now and 

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