I hope everyone has an easy time of being able to navigate this site and puts lots of pictures of our trip up! 

12 more days!!!!




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  1. I am so excited for you! I worked for many years for Showa Boston in Jamaica Plain, and twice visited the “parent university” in Tokyo, Showa Women’s University. I really enjoyed those visits, as well as my time working at Showa. I know you’ll have a great time.

    Please try to learn a few phrases in Japanese, as well as the proper pronunciation. Bring a small phrasebook if you can; I found a slim book called Japanese Travelmate (Chronicle Books) very helpful. Even the smallest effort to speak Japanese will mean much to those you encounter on your trip.

    Be sure to look for the statue of Hachiko outside Shibuya train station — and learn the story. I also recommend visiting the Asakusa [pronounced ah sah k’sa] section of Tokyo, a very old section of the city. Go to a noodle shop for lunch one day. And save room in your luggage for souvenirs!

    Dohzo go-buji de! Bon voyage!

    Leslie Limon
    [now a freelance writer; I do a lot of work for UMass Boston]


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