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My husband was a textile designer and travelled to Japan to visit textile mills.  I have always been fascinated by the Japanese cultures but could never go him as our children were very small and had no one to care for them and then in later years, he became physically unable to endure the trip.

He died 5 years ago but my longing to travel to Japan never ceased.  I have always felt a connection with Japanese people – a feeling which I cannot explain.  So 2 years ago I decided that “while I can, I will”.  Since we had been on a few Elderhostel programs, I felt secure doing this trip without any of my friends as there are usually a few single people on their trips.

At Kennedy Airport, I met a couple of other “singles” on the same tour and already felt comfortable with my decision to go solo. The trip focused on the cultural heritage and customs of Japan and we travelled to Matsue by plane, to Kyoto by bullet train, to Kanazawa by train and to Tokyo by plane.

The hotel in Matsue provided cotton kimonos that could be worn while walking around the hotel, so I did.  It felt comfortable and natural.  We visited samurai residences and castles.  We got to meet some local people and I began to feel comfortable using the hotel’s unique toilets.   And the Adachi Museum of Art Garden – voted #1 in all of Japan.  The graceful way that they prune and cut-utterly magnificent! (more…)

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