"For years, Japan's been on my bucket list, and my husband and I thought that 2020 was when we’d finally be able to visit. Although our plans have been put on hold, it hasn’t stopped us from dreaming of all the food we'll eat when we can eventually go—from ramen, tempura, and izakaya-hopping in Tokyo; to okonomiyaki (savory pancakes), takoyaki (octopus balls), and all the street food in Osaka. Needless to say, we love food and we’re looking forward to eating like locals (except, maybe 10 times more). During our travels, we also enjoy hearing about history told from that country's perspective so a day trip to Hiroshima is definitely on our list. If timing works out, we hope to visit Nara Park to see the cherry blossoms and the hundreds of roaming wild deer. And after all the eating and exploring, we plan on relaxing in an onsen and visiting a Shinto shrine to write prayers and wish on an ema."
—Sharlene Young, Senior Account Manager North America, San Francisco, California
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"Japan has been #1 on my travel list for years now. We had been holding off because it's quite the trek, and would ideally want to go there for at least two weeks in order to scratch the surface. Japanese food is probably my favorite cuisine, and I've already made my culinary list of places to visit in Tokyo for ramen, yakitori (chicken skewers), omakase sushi, and kaiseki (multi-course fine-dining meal). But for now, delivery to our apartment will have to suffice."
—Alex Maddalena, Copywriter, Providence, Rhode Island