A hike to Minoh Falls, about thirty minutes north of Osaka, on a rainy autumn day....

A swim in the ocean; the feeling of fall; exploring a new city in the pouring rain. Exploring Kobe was one of the coolest days of my life. From starting with the dip, to finishing with one of the best meals I've ever had at Tor Road Steak Aoyama....

Kyoto, Japan, before tourists were allowed to enter Japan without a visa. Visiting during this time was truly a once in a lifetime experience. The city is ethereal; the world's a different quality....

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