I know, The Cherry Mint Festival sounds like a new flavor at Baskin Robbins Ice Cream, but in this case it is an amazing festival here in Osaka, Japan held along the waterfront.  The reason Cherry is in the name is obvious, but the “Mint” comes because one of the attractions along the way is…

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Almost directly east of Osaka is the charming little town of Nara.  Between the eighth and 10th of April Nara was my home.  Not only is this town charming, it was once the capitol of Japan in the 8th century, and has awe-inspiring temples and shrines everywhere.  If you find yourself in the area, and…

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