From March 22 to April 10, 2007, I was on vacation. The first few days I spent in San Francisco visiting my friends Karl and Katie. This was followed by a two-day return trip to Chicago and then two weeks in Japan.

Please enjoy the pictures below! I have also supplemented the captions with information from Wikipedia. Click on links to learn more about some of the things we saw than I have room to explain in the captions.

I must thank my hosts - Karl and Katie in San Francisco, my cousin Ben Gonzalez in Japan, and Jeff and Denise in Los Angeles - for their lodging and help. I am especially grateful to my cousin, as I would not have tried to travel to Japan by myself without an insider there to help me. There is no question that the experience of it was infinitely richer for his knowledge and experience. Thanks, man! It was great hanging out with you.

And I should also thank Ben's camera phone. My own camera, the old-fashioned film-roll variety, which had started to show signs of trouble during last year's trip to Lebanon really started to break down in Japan. A great many photographs were lost as they came back from the developers completely black. You'll read about more frustration with the camera below. Luckily, I was able to fill in a lot of otherwise bare patches with shots that Ben took with his camera. He even took three movies with it. Keep in mind that when you click on a movie link, it might take a minute or so before you can watch it, or before you can watch it smoothly.

And away we go! Click on any picture to see a larger version.

That's it! Thank you for visiting! To my friends in faraway places, I hope I will see you again soon!

Stay tuned to this page for photos of my upcoming trip to France and Germany. I should have a new camera by then.

Noel Taylor, July 2007