Compiled by a slightly weary work traveler attempting to remind herself how great travel is in Japan
  1. Headed out! Typhoon condition level 3 announced by the local base, but I managed to get to the train station before the piles of rain
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  2. Picking Up Reserved Tickets
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    This lovely worker approached me by name ('Sarah-San?') and swiftly procured all the tickets for my multi-city trip. I forget that in the States I would never encounter a station worker knowing their morning reservation list well enough to call people by name. Here, it helps that I am so obviously a foreigner in name and looks.
  3. Waiting for the Train
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    This first train is not a bullet train, yet it will arrive exactly on time. Love that.
  4. Aaaand I spoke too soon.
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    The train is currently 10min late. Which means the conductor people will likely bow and apologize to everyone as we get on. Still- come on Japan, don't let me down! I'm li.sting this!
  5. I'm off!
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    Misty and green- rural Japan on Kyushu island is a bit magical.
  6. The Rain Arrives
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    An hour into the trip, the rain is here.
  7. Lunch break
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    Arrived at bigger transfer station with time for delicious sushi and onigiri. Japanese fresh food= so good!
  8. Shinkansen!
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    The bullet trains are long and crazy fast...
  9. With super aerodynamic shape....
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  10. And leg room to spare
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  11. Destination....
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    Almost... Half hour by taxi yet to go. This friendly taxi driver smiled saying 'base-u?' And then immediately turned the radio to the American station for the ride 😜