We made it back home today after spending over a month in Asia. After our two week adventure in Mongolia, we visited a tamer area – Japan. We started in Tokyo, which of course doesn’t have much wildlife. So Catherine switched to photographing weddings, and we saw many at the Meiji Shrine. They are colorful. One interesting observation: nobody seemed to be enjoying themselves, they were very solemn wedding parties.

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While the food was good in Mongolia, it was better in Japan and the presentation unique.20141016 20141016  _MG_2886

After Tokyo we moved on to the Japanese Alps to visit the snow monkeys. You may ask why would we visit the snow monkeys when there was not any snow. Well, they still are quite cute

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and their behavior still interesting.

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To top it off we were lucky enough to get some good fall colors that made a nice background.
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We then moved on to Kyoto to visit Catherine’s brother and his wife (who where spending a year in Kyoto on sabbatical and heading up their school’s abroad program.) They took us to some of the iconic temples and there we had to fight with the crowds to get some good (or sometimes even any) photographs.
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We also saw two festivals which showed a different side of Kyoto

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and of course we got some bird photography in

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In Japan the Halloween season had startedand it was time for us to return home

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