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Exploring the great Pacific Northwest
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Fuji TV Building

Located in Odaiba, Japan, this main location for Fuji TV boasts this unique observation deck at it's center. Any Digimon fans remember? :D
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Mount Hood overlooking Hood River, Oregon and the Columbia River Gorge during sunset
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The Rainbow Bridge stretching over Tokyo Bay between Shibaura Pier and the Odaiba waterfront. Tokyo Tower in the distance.

The rainbow colors weren't glowing this night, but it was still a joy to ride the bus across the bridge and explore Odaiba.
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Blossoms galore at the UW Quad
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One of my favorite things about going to UW Tacoma was the quick walk from campus and the amazing views!

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Tokyo Tower

Instead of building numerous towers throughout Tokyo, it was decided that one large tower should be build for the Kantō regions radio and broadcasting needs. The Tokyo Tower is built from steel, some of which was salvaged from damaged US tanks from the Korean War. It is Japan's second tallest artificial structure - surpassed only by the Tokyo Skytree. It is painted white and international orange to comply with air safety regulations.
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The Great Buddha of Kamakura, Japan

This bronze statue depicts the Amida Buddha, and sits at the Kotokuin Temple in Kamakura, about 30 miles southwest of Tokyo. It was cast in 1252 and originally sat inside of a temple, but a tidal wave later destroyed the building, leaving the Buddha to sit out in the open.
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A torii outside the main garden at the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo
January 27th 2017

We made our way to this shrine from the busy Harajuku Station. It wasn’t until we were nearing the center of the forest where the main shrine is located that I noticed all of the people around us were heading in the same direction.

Unbeknownst to us, the newest Grand Champion Sumo, “yokozuna,” was about to perform a ring-entering ceremony. He is the first Japanese born yokozuna in 19 years, and had just won the title that weekend.

We were quickly surrounded with people vying for a glimpse of him as he walked into the garden. It was a surreal experience. I took what photos I could and we made our exit. We did not understand the full gravity of what was occurring until much later, when we saw the garden on Japanese TV and did some research.

Being there was such a coincidence! With everyone there we weren’t able to see the majority of the park, but it was fun to be there and witness Japan’s pride in their Grand Champion!
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Kaupō Beach Park in Waimanalo, Oahu, Hawaii

In the distance is Rabbit Island, also known as Mānana Island. Rabbits were introduced to the island in the 1800's but were later eradicated to preserve the local ecosystem.
The smaller island to the right is named Kaohika'ipu (also known as Black Rock).
Rabbit Island and Black Rock are now State Seabird Sanctuary's and require a permit to visit.
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