Kyoto, Kimonos and Kids

Originally published on Blogger on 26th March 2015 A brilliant day in Kyoto. Sun was shining, pleasant temperature for walking, slept well in the comfy bed…. Well fed for breakfast, what more could you ask. Well, we had breakfast, and Mya started playing with Chelsea, the very lovely 9 year old, whose parents own the…

Paradise Found

Originally published on Blogger on 25th March 2015 Well, I missed my first day of my blog. Bugger. Too much going on, too busy, and too tired. But, planning to make up for it….. Yesterday we went to Nara. The first permanent capital of Japan, this town is spectacularly pretty. Lots of old wooden shops…

Something Fishy…….

Originally published on Blogger 23rd March 2015 Well, the day started with us sleeping in, surprisingly, given our proximity to the train tracks. Made no difference, in the end. We walked down to Den Den Town, or Nipponbashi, Osaka’s version of “electric town”. Our walk took us through the local suburb. Osaka is very different…

Am I a Weaboo???

 The Urban Dictionary defines a weaboo as anyone who is obsessed with Japanese culture to the point of being annoying. While my son’s friends may mistake me for a weaboo, and I’m absolutely sure I drive my friends crazy with my constant chatter about Japanese language, food and culture, I don’t really fit the rest…

Neko-Kissa

A reasonably new, but increasingly popular phenomenon in Japan is animal cafes. Initially it was cat cafes (neko-kissa). The kids and I visited a cat cafe in Asakusa in Tokyo. Monta Cat Cafe is situated in the Satellite Fuji Building, on the 8th floor, not far from Asakusa station. (Tokyo-to, Taito-ku, Hanakawado 1-5-2) The experience…

From Tokyo to Osaka

Originally published on 22nd March 2015 on Blogger Well, moving 2 kids on many trains with shitloads of baggage proved to be not very fun at all….. Go figure. The Shinkansen (bullet train) itself was only three hours, but from door to door was nearly seven. With very heavy bags, and way to many steps…

People, people, millions of people…..

Originally posted on 21st March 2015 on Blogger Well, Anime Japan. Pure madness. I read that last year 160,000 people went. This year, maybe more. Lots of cosplay, lots of stuff, all in Japanese. Both the kids struggled with the crowds. It was very loud, very busy, very Japan. (Although, Japan is usually quiet, except…

Captains log, supplemental

Originally posted on 20th March 2015 Just a quick entry in addition. I have been musing at night that we are staying in a 13 story building, with 70 appartments on each floor, and we never hear anyone. (Except the occasional vacuuming of the hallway). We are right, bang in the middle of the city,…

Trek for Anime

Originally posted on 20th March 2015 Today we headed off to Hakone, a city in the mountains, where Finn’s favourite anime is set, Evangelion. We travelled on our first Shinkansen…. It was bloody awesome. 283kms an hour, it was hard to get an idea of how fast we were going, until something was really close…

Maranouchi Madness

Originally published on 19th March 2015 on Blogger A well deserved sleep in and then down to Shinjuku station to get our Japan Rail Pass, and book our first Shinkansen (bullet train) for tomorrow. Yippee…. We have become very accustomed to eating sushi for breakfast. Off to Tokyo station. Wow. This area is called Maranouchi….

Miyazaki Wizardry

Originally publish on 18 March 2015 on Blogger. Wow. The kids walked 15kms yesterday, and 9 today. That’s mad…. But we were up and out the door this morning, off to the Ghibli Museum. Studio Ghibli, for those that don’t know, is the company behind Hayao Miyazaki, one of Japan’s most famous animators. He has…

Some Culture…Finally

Originally published on Blogger 17 March 2016 My choice this morning, so off to Harajuku to see the Meiji Shrine. Not only was it beautiful, we were very lucky to see a Shinto wedding. The traditional architecture was really stunning and we did the hand washing, bowing and clapping, as this is the way to…