Castles and Christmas Parties

Originally published on 23rd December 2015 on Blogger Today started out with the plan to go sight seeing, while Chelsea did her homework. Lancy had tennis all day (she had to get up at 5am) and so we got ready to head out. Today is a public holiday, it’s the Emperor’s birthday. Chelsea changed her…

Not quite what we planned

Originally published on 22nd December 2015 on Blogger Today we had planned to go and get a few things, then head out sight seeing. It was not to be. We took the bus to Kyoto station area and had a coffee….. Then went into Yodabashi Camera, to pick up those few things, and emerged 4…

Kyoto and bicycles

Originally published on 21st December 2015 on Blogger Kyoto is a really excellent place to cycle around, as it is quite flat. Sim offered to take us to a big flea market in Toji temple, on bikes. Maki explained to us that this market, which runs on the 21st of each month, has been running…

Kyoto, my long lost love…

Originally published on 20th December 2015 on Blogger We arrived at Kyoto station just after 1pm and we were so happy to see Maki, Sim and Chelsea, who had come to meet us. It was so awesome to see them again. Lancy was at tennis practice. We went and organised all our tickets for Kochi…

Tokyo turns on the charm…

Originally published on 20th December 2015 on Blogger Yesterday was an extremely fun packed day, full of many unexpected treasures. It was such a big day, I couldn’t blog last night. I was shattered. The day started out very crisp and cold. Bloody freezing, actually. We headed to Tokyo station. We had been here before,…

Crazy but fun…

Originally published on 18th December 2015 on Blogger Today we set of to Shibuya, with a fairly loose plan for the day. Shibuya Crossing is amazing. Mya and I had seen it at night, but Finn missed out last time. It is the busiest (and most photographed) crossing in the world. We got coffee, found…

Teddy Bento Bonanza

Originally published on 17th December 2015 on Blogger Mya and I set out early this morning, despite being very tired. Quick sushi breakfast and onto the train, headed to Asakusa, old Tokyo. Very beautiful, with rickshaws and temples and the Sumida river, overlooked by the Tokyo Sky Tree and the Asahi headquarters. We were returning…

Back in Shinjuku

Originally published on 16th December 2015 on Blogger Well, it is very nice to be back here, and after a little more than 24 hours, it feels like home. Such a strange feeling I get when I’m here, a familiarity. Our flight was OK, a bit turbulent, at times. Finn slept all the way here,…

Japanese Toilets

Japanese toilets are amazing. There are many different kinds of varying high-techness, and much associated etiquette. I have never seen a dirty bathroom or public toilet in Japan, and the train station and department store toilets are my favourites. When we arrived home the first time, at 1 o’clock in the morning, Mya needed to…

We’re Going Back!!

Originally published on 4th November 2015 on Blogger We loved it so much the first time, we are returning, for Christmas and New Year. We leave in 40 days. I am very excited to return and try out my newly acquired skill of speaking Japanese 🙂 I started learning the week after we returned and…

Sayonara Japan

Originally posted on 7th April 2015 on Blogger Wow. It’s over. It feels like a whirlwind that swept us off our feet. We are sad leaving, looking forward to seeing everyone and little Loki, but could definitely have stayed longer. We have thoroughly enjoyed exploring this country. It is a pleasure to travel around. The…

Ninja in Kyoto

Originally published on 5th April 2015 on Blogger Today we had an awesome day. We got up early, really, and got the train to Shinagawa, and jumped on the Shinkansen to Kyoto. Two hours and thirty five minutes of relaxing, reading and snoozing and we arrived in Kyoto, to meet Maki, Lan-chan and Sen-chan at…