May ?, 2018, Chicura Buddhist Cemetery Reverend Takanashi leading brief memorial at the grave of Nakajiro Kodani, a major player in the transpacific story that united Minamiboso and the Monterey Bay Region.

May ?, 2018, Chicura Buddhist Cemetery
Reverend Takanashi leading brief memorial at the grave of Nakajiro Kodani, a major player in the transpacific story that united Minamiboso and the Monterey Bay Region.

Special Illustrated Free Preview

Lydon-Mizoguchi Adventures

Intimate and Personal Japan

Sunday, October 21
* 7:00 – 9:00 PM Cabrillo College, Aptos

Room 435 – (400 Building, Upper Campus_

Free Parking 

What are we going to do at the Preview?

Using photographs to illustrate, I will go over the details of the trip – where we’re going, what it will cost, and what you’ll have to do to get ready for it.

• More info – the Basics: Overview PDF
More Info – Japan 2019
More Important Info – Questions and Answers PDF
• To download an application –
Application PDF

  Countryside around Tateyama is coastal hills facing the sea. Great place to get that Japanese “country” feeling.

Countryside around Tateyama is coastal hills facing the sea. Great place to get that Japanese “country” feeling.

Some Thoughts about the Trip and the Lydon-Mizoguchi Team

What this trip is: This is a hand-crafted trip exploring rarely-visited parts of Japan, with a group of motivated, prepared, sensitive and like-minded adults.

What we are not: We are not affiliated with a large, heavily staffed travel company, taking hundreds of tours each year and producing glossy four-color catalogues.  All of which must be paid for by the traveler.  No middle agencies.  And, air fare is included.  

We Are: Over the past forty-three years. Sandy Lydon has escorted and guided hundreds of adventurers to East Asia.  Through extensive experience as a teacher and guide he learned how to fashion group travel to take the best of it and discard the worst. Now, after almost 60 years as a teacher (50 at Cabrillo) he has decided to use some of my   discretionary time leading meaningful and rewarding field trips.  

  The Sanja Matsuri (festivel) will provide you with plenty of opportunities to interact with children.

The Sanja Matsuri (festivel) will provide you with plenty of opportunities to interact with children.

We will push you, maybe make you uncomfortable.  Maybe touch your heart.   It is easy, safe, and comfortable to sightsee.  The sightseer makes little investment in preparation and risks little. We will spend almost six months prior to departure exposing you to the nuances and subtleties of Japanese history and culture.  And EVERY place in Japan has something to teach us.  It doesn’t need to be anointed (cursed?) by UNESCO or the Lonely Planet to be teachable.  

The Power of the Group – Over the past 50+ years of leading and working with groups, I’ve become a firm believer in the power of a group of interested, prepared and polite adults to help expose the secrets of a place.  Any place.  Every place has something to teach us.

  Group leader thinking too hard trying to do the “Coal Miner’s Dance” We will learn some folks songs and dances in preparation this time.

Group leader thinking too hard trying to do the “Coal Miner’s Dance” We will learn some folks songs and dances in preparation this time.

It is our goal to assemble such a group, once a year, to learn something about Japan.  And themselves.

Thinking about someone besides yourself – Being a member of our group will force you to consider the feelings of others, both within the group and also in relation to our Japanese friends.  That’s one reason we spend so long in pre-trip preparation.  Americans tend to think of themselves, and are encouraged to be individuals, aggressively so.  It takes us months to smooth out the individual bumps and edges and assemble a working group.  That’s why I NEVER take a group overseas that I haven’t worked with.  That’s why the pre-trip sessions are mandatory. Every group requires some cooking, simmering some mellowing before they can brave international travel.

* We’ll operate on “Japan Time” – The Japanese are fiercely punctual, whether the appointments are for business or family. We will expect group members to be too.  Tardiness is the major complaint that groups have about their fellow members. We intend to eliminate it from the groups we take to Japan.  Our most recent Japan groups(2017, 2018) were universally on time throughout their trips, and our Japanese hosts appreciated it. We’re shooting for a trifecta.