San Diego Comic-Con Zombie Walk 2014

The best zombies from the 8th Annual Zombie Walk at the San Diego Comic-Con. Kudos to all of the zombies for putting on an excellent walk! Some of the best free entertainment at Comic-Con!

An unfortunate incident happened during the march towards 5th avenue — a driver ran through the parade, injuring one by-stander.

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Cherry Blossoms in the Tokyo Imperial Palace 2014

To celebrate the Emperor's 80th Birthday, the Tokyo Imperial Palace was open to the public on April 4-8, 2014 to view the Cherry Blossoms inside the Palace grounds. It felt like half of the population of Tokyo came out for this special event. For pictures, check out OCgirl's blog post.

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Osaka Ohsho Review

A review of the Gyoza at Osaka Ohsho in Osaka Japan, considered to be “The King of Gyoza in Osaka”. Also serves Ramen and other Chinese dishes and in addition to the tasty potstickers!

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Kazurabashi Bridge

Located in the Iya Valley in Shikoku Japan, the Kazurabashi Bridge is a bridge made of vines crossing the Iya River. A major tourist attraction in the area, this bridge charges a “toll” of 500 Yen to cross.

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Feeding Deer in Nara Japan

A travel guide for visiting Nara Park in Japan and how to feed the 1,200 wild deer that live in Nara Park. A great day-trip from Osaka or Kyoto.

More Scenic shots of just the deer (no talking):

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Hotel Monterey Osaka Video Review

I recently stayed at the Hotel Monterey Osaka for 4 nights and did a little video review of the hotel grounds and the inside of a “Vienna Traditional Double” room.

If you’d like to see what the hotel and the Vienna Traditional Double look like, then check out the video here:

This hotel is located a 5 minute walk from the Sakura-bashi exit of the JR Osaka Station, directly across the street from the train tracks. The close proximity to the train station is good, and bad. Good because it’s very convienent for sightseeing, as you can go anywhere from Osaka station. Bad because the train tracks are very loud, and if you are a light sleeper, beware!

The Hotel Monterey Osaka is a very odd juxtaposition of things. Coming from the USA, it was definitely odd to be staying in a Vienna Palace themed hotel in Japan. Especially since our last vacation trip was to Vienna. That being said, this hotel does a good job of recreating that European feeling… all the way down to the “historic looking” elevators, staircases, revolving doors, and replica 14th century stone chapel. Oh that last bit, yes there is a replica 14th Century Chapel on the 8th floor of the building. And it’s a perfect replica, all the way down to the steps and roof. It’s the whole chapel building, except it’s on the 8th floor of this hotel. Again, weird.

How was the room itself? In a word — small. I’ve stayed in quite a few Japanese hotels, so I’m used to small. It wasn’t tiny… but it was definitely small. The double room is OK for one person. It’s too crammed in for two people though. There’s really no place to open a suitcase anywhere in the room except for on top of the bed. On the plus slide, the room was clean, and had “black-out” wooden shades over the windows. So the room could get really dark, but because of the proximity to the train tracks, it could never get that quiet. With the air purifier on high, and air conditioning on high, I could drown out the sound of the trains enough to sleep, but the sound of the train rumbling was always there somewhere in the background.

If you like trains, and aren’t bothered by train noise, this could be a good choice. However if you’re a light sleeper like me, then pick someplace else a bit further away from the tracks.

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Kotohiragu Shrine Travel Guide

A travel guide for visiting the Kotohira-gu Shrine in Kotohira Japan. Also known as Konpira-san, this shrine is one of Japan’s most difficult ascents, requiring visitors to climb 1,368 to reach the inner shrine.

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Czech Food in Prague

A travel guide highlighting the best traditional Czech food in Prague. Dumplings, duck, beer, and more from U Medvidku beer hall and Havelská Koruna cafeteria. Make sure you order the Svíčková! It’s my favorite Czech dish!

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Prague Castle Travel Guide

A travel guide for visiting Prague Castle in the Czech Republic. Highlights include: St. Vitus Cathedral and the Golden Lane.

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Prague Travel Guide

A travel guide for visiting Prague in the Czech Republic. Highlights include: Old Town Prague, Astronomical Clock, Wenceslas Square, and the Charles Bridge.

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