First Day of 2016

Originally published on 7th January 2016 on Blogger So after a very late night, 2am, I think, we got up early enough to have our final traditional Japanese breakfast. We came downstairs to find a hive of activity. Mochi being made in the traditional way, with a large wooden mallet, called a kine, in a…

New Year’s Eve

Originally published on 1st January 2016 on Blogger New Year’s Eve started with Finn and I deciding that we would make the pilgrimage of his desire to see the great Mecca, NINTENDO. The Nintendo headquarters are in Kyoto, and although they are closed to the public, Finn wanted to see where the magic takes place….

Lost a Blog

Originally published on 28th December 2015 on Blogger Well, I lost a days blog. My own fault, really, wrote it and went out, without saving it, and Mya used the iPad to play Minecraft with the girls, and it died…… Oh, well. So, two days in one. We have had a quiet couple of days,…

Ginkaku-Ji, finally…

Originally published on 27th December 2015 on Blogger So, Mya went to see Chelsea’s art exhibition and then on to a famous udon restaurant, where she lined up for one and a half hours, to eat the famous udon. Apparently it was very nice. Finn, once again, stuck being my cultural attaché, accompanied me on…

Christmas Eve

Originally published on 24th December 2105 on Blogger Christmas Eve we headed out with the best intention to, once again, see Ginkaku-ju. The girls were at their last morning of school, so Mya joined us for the day, well, the morning, anyway. We caught the bus to Gion, and decided to look at Yasaka Shrine,…

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…

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…

Kyoto Station

Originally published on 30th March 2015 on Blogger Well, almost all day yesterday was spent at Kyoto station. Not realising how busy it would be, we arrived and couldn’t get on a train for eight and a bit hours…. Shit! We stalked around the coin lockers, as they were all full, until we finally managed…

See you soon, Kyoto

Originally published on 29th March 2015 on Blogger So, I didn’t write yesterday, as I was totally exhausted and literally fell into bed. A massive day of incredible sights. It was a beautiful, warm and sunny day, and our first stop was Kinkaku-Ji, the Golden Pavillon. A very beautiful, formerly private residence, with immaculate gardens…