My first impression of Japan was bizarre to say the least. I wondered whether I had landed in a SARS or Ebola zone. I was greeted by a mask wearing immigration official who was very polite but looked completely ridiculous amongst scores of non mask-wearing human beings! It's been a delight to be here on business. Tokyo is a modern city (the US Air Force flattened most of bit in the latter months of the war) and works well. It's clean, doesn’t feel very crowded (but suspect I have got lucky) and everyone is so polite.. Yes, there is quite a bit of bowing that goes on and I have learnt that you either bow or shake hands but don’t do both, an error which President Obama made on greeting the Emperor a while ago.
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Kyoto is well worth a visit. I found the best way to get around was by bus; a one-day bus ticket costs Y500, about £2.50 – very good value. Lots of nice temples, the best are on the outside of the city. I went to Eikando, Ginkahuji & Kinkakuji. The central section is quite
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