Photo credit: DCLTravel question from a "19 Kids and Counting" fan: What were some of your favorite moments from your trip to Japan?
Asia is such an amazing place. The best part was really the joy of visiting another country and getting to experience it with the whole family together. That was just an opportunity of a lifetime for our family. We were just thrilled to be there!
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We visited Tokyo and Kyoto, which are two of the largest cities in Japan. And they're absolutely beautiful cities. We were so amazed at the architecture; the buildings are huge and immaculate. My boys kept noticing how many unique styles of architecture they use, too. The shapes of the buildings are incredible.
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For the boys, one of their favorite experiences in Japan was the samurai training. They were taught by one of the best teachers in in Japan. Even Jim Bob learned a few skills. As a matter of fact, a few days after the boys did the training, we saw their teacher on television! The kids just loved that.
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For the girls, the opportunity to dress up in traditional Japanese clothing was especially memorable. The outfits were absolutely beautiful. There are layers and layers and layers of clothing involved in traditional dress! You are so heavy by the time you get all the pieces on that you can hardly walk or breathe. It's impossible to bend over; you don't do much while you're in that clothing! But it's only for very special occasions like a wedding. We really enjoyed the beauty of that experience.
Overall, it was the type of trip that we won't forget quickly. We had so many wonderful experiences as a family in Asia!
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