|Temple View at Miyajima Island, Hiroshima, Japan|
If I asked Neil how much a bowl of kishimen soup cost us at a now-closed noodle shop in the small town of Kozoji, under the train station, in 2003, he'd know the answer. If I asked him how many hours we spent on the slow trains from Nagoya to Nagaski, he'd have the time down to the minute. My husband is like a crazed ninja-bookkeeper of travel. If he can't recall a name, date, or menu price, he has it written down in one of his notebooks, stowed carefully in a box on a shelf in the basement.
His mind never ceases to amaze me. When I'm ready to give up, he says, "Wait. Let me find my notes."
On our computer, Neil maintains a folder called <NDF> with a subfolder <Travel> and a sub-sub folder called <Japan>. Logically organized. In these files, he and I have compiled our memories of Japan, our adventures, mishaps, and lessons learned--sometimes painfully.
Some files don't mean much to anyone except the two of us. Other files we've edited and farmed out to people who needed information on Japan.
In the quest to share, the following article accounts for some of our best lessons learned in Nippon. Click here: Traveling in Japan on a Budget.