Dana the Explorer

This weekend my mom and brother were able to visit me in Japan, so here’s a short log of our adventures featuring:

  • Dana as Dora – the main character
  • Brian as Boots – the sidekick (or Map – but actually bad at directions)
  • Mom as Backpack – bc holding everything

Our visits included:

  • Studio Ghibli Museum
    • Taiyaki
    • Bonus: Brian gets scammed at a pachinko parlor
  • Bullet train!
  • Nara
    • Bowing deer
    • Todaiji Temple (home of the largest bronze buddha)
  • Osaka
  • Kyoto
    • Fushimi Inari Shrine
    • Nishiki Market
    • Arashiyama Monkey Park
    • Bamboo Forest
  • Harajuku
    • Crepes on crepes
    • Gudetama everything
  • DisneySea
    • I now understand why people say that it is the best Disney park. The theme-ing, shows, and SNACKS were amazing
    • There were a couple of differences between the Tokyo and Anaheim parks. First of all, all of the mascots were notably shorter. Presumably because the cast members were all Asian which was kinda funny. Also, when not matching with each other, the groups of Japanese guests were often dressed in outfits so elaborate that it was often hard to distinguish them from the cast members. Finally, I found that a lot of the Japanese guests like to tote around their favorite stuffed animals (usually Duffy and friends) and pose them around the park.

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