Urban Exploration, Kyoto

So, after wasting a half a day in bed and elsewhere….. I bounced back and we squeezed so much into our day yesterday, my feet are still hurting. Around 25,000 steps of exploration and fun. We started our day at Starbucks in Gion. A tradition for both SSB (Super Sake Boy), the kids and me…….

Clear Water Temple 清水寺 

Kiyomizu-dera temple is one of the most famous temples in Kyoto. Lancy had planned an afternoon with her friend, Shuko’s father, who is a professional potter, and we decided to spend the morning temple strolling and around the old areas of Higashiayama, on our way to her house. It was a perfect day for such…

Deer, oh deer

A not too early traditional Japanese breakfast (yum…. rice, miso, pickles, nori and fish) and we were off exploring again. After a quick Starbucks stop, and the biggest coffee I have ever had, we jumped on the rapid train to Nara. Nara was the original capital of Japan from 710-794, before it was moved to…

Serious Sakura

So, a little more than two years later and I am back in Japan. This time with a partner in crime, Super Sake Boy (what could possibly go wrong)…. and four teenagers in tow, Ewan, Abby, Mya and Harper. We arrrived on Wednesday, a little dishevelled and tired, having had a 4 and 1/2 hour…

New Year’s Day in Japan

New Year’s Day in Japan is, like New Year’s Eve, a spiritual and significant time. Many people visit their local Shinto shrine on the 1st, 2nd or 3rd of January. Known as 初詣(hatsumode-or first temple visit) this is very important. Last year we arrived at Harajuku station on the 2nd of January, to find an…

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…