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…

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,…

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…