Here are photos and stories from my trip to Japan in October and November 2005. I decided to put them here in the Picture Gallery forum rather than post them in my older trip planning thread so people interesting in photos don't have to wade through the other thread. Here's our plane to Japan. I took this photo on the ground because it would have been a tiny bit harder to take the shot after we were airborne. The Japan Airlines 747 was packed and the seats in economy had no leg room (luckily it was only an 11 hour 20 minute flite -- ouch!), but at least the service and meals were excellent.