I love this idea! Gives me some distraction right now.
1. See the Snow Festival in Sapporo.
2. Climb Mt. Fuji again... but this time, from the very base of it!
3. "Brush up" on calligraphy (ha.)
4. Learn taiko! (or another traditional instrument)
5. See the Shoso-in exhibit. (The Shoso-in is an ancient warehouse in Nara where emperors during the 8th century stored their treasures from the Silk Road. Everything there is still technically the property of the Imperial Household, and once a year they display some of the items at the Nara National Museum).
BONUS! Do the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage, or any other pilgrimage. (88 temples of Shikoku, anyone?)
BONUS! Visit Nikko, Kyoto, Nara, Mt. Koya, Matsushima.... everywhere!
BONUS! Learn to cook delicious Japanese food.
BONUS! Realize my dream of being dressed up like a geisha. (I'm a guy, but who cares? Who doesn't
want to be a beautiful geisha?)
Hokay, I'd better stop now, or else this list will be longer than the Tale of Genji... oo! oo! I also want to visit the Tale of Genji Museum in Uji.