Japan, April 1st - Kansai Airport to Kobe
David and I embarked on our 12-day Japan trip today. (Technically, we embarked yesterday, but thanks to the international date line we didn't arrive until this evening.) After a smooth landing at Kansai airport and an interesting view of the ever-expanding landfill, we got our JR passes and hopped a shinkansen to Kobe, where I conducted my first business transaction in Japanese, buying a nutritious choko-kouhi-zeri-nama-kuriimu crepe (chocolate, coffee jelly, and whipped cream filling) for dinner. The crepe lady gave me bananas in it for free as a reward for my Japanese-speaking!