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TOKYO — The streets were bright tonight — so much so that it seemed like it was daytime. It might as well have been. I’m not sure what time it is. All I know is: It’s evening here in Japan and we’re going to grab something to eat. I couldn’t…

NARITA, Japan — It’s a shame when you think about it. The first sights and sounds you see the first time you step foot in a country are those of the airport. There’s no culture. Just a busy and bustling atmosphere that is more frustrating than it is anything else….

SOMEWHERE BETWEEN ATLANTA AND TOKYO — “Would you the chicken or pasta?” the steward asks passengers. I begin to shake at the prospect of airline food. It’s one of the world’s true atrocities. Honestly, who else can make a strawberry taste bad? I wanted to write some treatise on why…

My eyes caught the clock: 8 p.m. That makes it 9 a.m. Tokyo time. That means I’m leaving at the end of the day — Japan time. I think the excitement took hold this afternoon when I picked up my Japan Rail Pass. There was something about this that signaled…

… Whoever said, “It’s the journey, not the destination,” must not have had a 14-hour flight to look forward to. Nonetheless, my Japan adventure is about to begin in roughly 36 hours. That means I’ll have the luxury of packing 10 days of clothes into one carry-on and that many…