Tokyo with Kids

Tokyo is an awesome place to travel with small people in tow. Not only is it super safe and super clean, it is incredibly entertaining, in so many ways. My kids are not so small. In fact one of them towers over me and the other is catching up very quickly. My kids are into…

Last Day in Japan

Originally published on 7th January 2016 on Blogger We all slept really well in the “Comic Room” or Manga Apartment, in the very luxurious bedding. We woke up, not too early, but were driven out, as usual, by hunger. It’s always hard to decide how to spend your final day, in a city which is…

Sayonara, again, Kyoto

Originally published on 7th January 2016 An early start, a big breakfast and then off to the station. Sim, Maki, Lancy, Chelsea, Finn, Mya and I all squeezed into the car, with all our luggage. I was really sad to be leaving. We had reconnected with Koori-Chan, who works with Maki and made friends with…

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,…

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…

Shogun history and an Early Night

Originally published on 4 April 2015 on Blogger We set off, not so early, to the Edo-Tokyo Museum. A fantastic museum, with models of all sizes and areas set up to look like Edo (Tokyo) before it was the capital. And then looking at the history of Tokyo, including the great Kanto earthquake and the…

Back in our Comfort Zone

Originally published on 3 April 2015 on Blogger So, we left Kamakura this morning… All the bags onto a local bus. Lucky the bus stop was only 50 metres from the apartment. The kids are getting very efficient at moving from one place to the next. We all happily fell into Starbucks for a very…

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…