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I land in Narita Airport, Japan, pull two thousand Yen out of the ATM, and get on the train for Tokyo. From memory I walk down familiar streets until I get to the New Zealand Embassy in northern Shibuya, where my friend Elliot lives. I haven't seen him in almost two years, and have only emailed a few times since then, but it's as if I never left. We joke around, walk to dinner, and make plans for the weekend.

The next day I pop my Japanese SIM card into my phone and call my friend Toby to let him know that I'm around. He tells me about a party he's throwing in Yoyogi park, so a couple other friends and I join him.

Nothing about these individual scenes is particularly noteworthy. That's the point. In various places around the world I have enough good friends that I can have a pretty normal life there while visiting.

Dragon Pillar - Bao-an temple

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Dragon Pillar - Bao-an temple, by Suprada on Flickr

Closeup of the Dragon Pillar - Bao-an temple, Taipei, Taiwan.

Moore about the Bao-an temple from travelguide.com: \"Located across the street from the Confucius Temple, this Taoist temple is dedicated to the god of medicine. Built in 1830, it has quite a fascinating history. Early immigrants from Fujien Province brought the statue of the god to Taiwan in the late 18th century. During the Japanese occupation of Taiwan, the temple was used as a language school and factory. After the Japanese discontinued their use of the site, it was neglected until it was finally refurbished in the early 1900s.\"

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Camera: Canon Rebel XT Exposure: 1/90sec at f/2.5 Focal Length: 50mm ISO: 800 WB: Daylight Lens: Canon EF 50mm f1.8 II Date: Feb 1, 2009 GPS Co-ordinates: Latitude: 25.073093, Longitude: 121.516101

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