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What Will You See Before You Die?

Updated on April 15, 2018
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I am an expat living in Japan. Every day is an adventure and a blessing. Here are some of my most memorable experiences.

1,000 Places to See Before You Die

Kyoto, Japan makes her list. With sights like Kiyomizu Temple, it's easy to see why
Kyoto, Japan makes her list. With sights like Kiyomizu Temple, it's easy to see why | Source

"1,000 Places to See Before You Die"? Seriously? Only 1,000? That's a tall order. After all, the world is a big place and there's a lot to see. Still, a quick flip through and you'll see that author Patricia Schultz holds her own. Does she live up to her title? It depends on how you see things.

I was in a book shop in San Francisco looking for a gift. Being the classy guy I am, I started my hunt in the bargain section. There was some kind of "buy-two-get-one-free" deal going on. "1,000 Places" was my freebie. To this day, I don't remember what else I bought or who I was shopping for but "1,000 Places" is still with me. It will be with me for a long time.

But for a book spanning the whole world, it's a bit Westernized. This is understandable considering this is an American book by an American author. I've written more about Japan than she has!

1,000 Places to See Before You Die: Revised Second Edition
1,000 Places to See Before You Die: Revised Second Edition
"1,000 Places" isn't a bucket list, it's a wake up call. That's what it was for me. It got me off my couch and now I'm in Japan. I planned to see more of Asia years ago but I'm still having the time of my life here.

There are more than 1,000 places--and that's OK

Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul, South Korea
Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul, South Korea | Source

The book starts with the amazing quote "Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the places and moments that take our breath away." This saying is reported to be "Anonymous" but I suspect it was written by the author herself. It doesn't matter because every word of it is true.

Here's the point: it's up to you to decide your 1,000 places. You decide your bucket list. Only you. Not me. Not Schultz. If you take her title as gospel you will knit-pick and get triggered when her recommendations don't match yours.

So see this as a diving board. When you do, "1,000 Places" will give you--whether you are the most seasoned traveler or the newbie--great ideas for an unforgettable adventure.

I've said it before in other articles: life is what we make it. This book reminds us every time we open it and that is what makes it shine.

The Tezuka Osamu Manga Museum

Inside the Tezuka Osamu Manga Museum
Inside the Tezuka Osamu Manga Museum | Source

Believe it or not, the Tezuka Osamu Manga Museum in Takarazuka Japan didn't make her list. Tezuka Osamu (1928-1989) was one of the most influential manga artists of all time.

Some of his works include Astro Boy, Kimba the White Lion and Black Jack. They are popular all over the world. Osamu is sacred to anyone who appreciates all Japanese manga or anime today.

The museum celebrates his life and work. When I first heard of it I thought it was for kids. Still, I found an afternoon to visit and had a great time.

Again, it didn't make her list--or mine but I took a day to see it and had a great time. The video below is just a little bit of what you'll see.

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