On our second to the last full day in Japan, we took a side trip to the port city of Yokohama. Taking the bullet train from Osaka, we arrived at Shin-Yokohama station and proceeded further to Sakuragicho station via the local JR train. Over the past few days, I’ve noticed the weather tapering off, from the cold, rainy and freezing days and nights of Kyoto, to the moderate weather of Osaka, Yokohama was sunny and alive. Gone were our thick jackets and layered clothes, replaced by simple shirts, jeans, and not so thick socks anymore. The sun was out, the skies were clear, and the flowers were all blooming like there’s no tomorrow. Continue reading →
After learning all about World War II in Hong Kong it’s time to go back to my roots and learn World War II in the Philippines. In Manila there are three places where one can learn all about the deadliest war in all of humankind: Intramuros, Bataan, and Corregidor. I have been to Intramuros many times and the experience is somewhat lacking, I haven’t been to Bataan yet, and it’s been years since I last visited Corregidor. Going back to Corregidor more than a decade later is quite a refreshing experience. This time I was a bit more adventurous and a lot more knowledgeable.