So circles it will be.
I have been researching flea markets in Tokyo and Kyoto since I would really like to come home with some vintage indigo. And, I love going to flea markets in different countries. It is actually a highlight for me. Of course the textile area in Tokyo is a must, and I have been encouraging Dave to bring along a good book to keep himself occupied.
I have also been trying to work out an itinerary of sorts- with only 2 weeks and some of that time occupied with teaching I have decided to limit the scope of the travel to Tokyo and Kyoto and possibly Nara. I have surrounded myself with guide books and online sources and while it looks exciting it is also daunting. The part that I hate about myself is trying to decide where to stay. This is an example where having too many choices is awful. Not only do I want to experience Japanese culture but I also want to make sure that I am getting a good bargain. I finally put down some money yesterday- an airbnb in Kyoto which looks good and will not break the bank, and one splurge night in a ryokan which makes up for my budget choice. My only fear now is that September is one of the rainiest months- so we will just have to buy umbrellas and bring slickers.