God made a beautiful world. I've never seen a painting more beautiful than a sunset over the ocean , especially here with the red sun. We hiked an icy trail to see snow monkeys. The snow everywhere was glowing with the sun and tall, tall evergreen trees canopied the path. They must have been 300 feet tall - I've never seen trees this tall.
The mountains aren't as tall, approximately 2,100ft (vs. Breckenridge at about 14,000 ft) but they stay cold with the winds from Siberia and because they are shorter the trees grow all the way to the top! You don't have trees at the top of Breck. And the trees are covered in white snow. Layers and layers, when you look up the mountain all you see are beautiful white trees.
Exotic is just a matter of location. While JoAnna was at work the other day I went for a walk through Oppama, a relatively small town in the city of Yokosuka. The area is hard to describe it looks ghetto at first glance (and sometimes thereafter) but is nice and well-kept. Things are clean and orderly here. The people are polite but not necessarily friendly. As I walk down the street in my skinny jeans, cowboy boots, scarf & peacoat, I smile and greet people with "konichiwa" (good day). They respond because they are polite. They were already looking at me & trying not to because they are polite and don't want to stare. I walked for two hours and did not pass one non-Japanese person. It dawned on me with light brown hair, blue eyes, and standing at over 5'4 in my boots - I am exotic in this land.
They carry a lot of change here. The smallest "bill" is the Y1000 ($10)...because of this most wallets have change areas.
Only the 50 & 100 yen (approximate equivalent to 50 cents and a dollar) have reemed edges, like our dime and quarter...they all have raised edges to help them last longer like ours.
They put the living Emperor on the obverse side of the coin...I read up on this - it's very common for emperors (I think they capitolize it?) & monarchs to put living, reigning people on the coin. We only do dead people.
You ever notice when you flip over a coin it's upside down? It's not like that in Japan, Europe or Australia.
And there's more about coins then you probably ever wanted to know.