Our second day in Kyoto was a full one, combining tourism with a bit of being social. In the morning, we visited Ni-jo castle, which I hadn’t been to since 2000, my very first visit to Japan. Now that I’ve visited a handful of castles, I can see how unusual Ni-jo is. No imposing donjon…… Continue reading Family trip, Kyoto Day 2
I love showing off Japan, particularly Fukuoka. On my parents’ most recent visit, they had three days at the front of the trip where they couldn’t get a room at their preferred hotel, so we opted for an out of town trip. I suggested Kyoto, Okayama and Hiroshima, but realized really quickly that half a…… Continue reading Tourist guide me
Er, well, eight times over. Visa renewal time is upon me and I needed a new picture before the hair became blue again. Still haven’t quite processed that it’s been three years (or will be, a week from Monday) since I moved to Japan. It’s cliched to say “time flies,” but tempus has indeed fugit…… Continue reading Me, in triplicate….
February ended quietly, but March has more than made up for that brief interlude. Last week I attended four concerts (two on one day) in five days and three cities (Tokyo, Kumamoto and Sendai) … and I’m off tomorrow for one more in yet a different city (Yokohama). And then my parents come in and…… Continue reading Candle, meet flame~
No, not that season. It’s chocolate season. That wonderful time of the year, during the run up to Valentine’s Day, when there is a veritable gauntlet of tasty chocolate out there, just begging to be purchased and devoured. Much has been written on the difference between Valentine’s in Japan and the U.S., so I’ll just…… Continue reading Tis the season
Winter days don’t get much better than today — sky of blue, nary a cloud in sight, 15 C, bearable humidity — which is why I was more than happy to walk to and from errand-running in Tenjin. And ever so often I’d look up and just grin (probably making those around me wonder what…… Continue reading Winter perfection
I haven’t been to the movies in quite a while now (two years? not since the over-long, over-obvious, boring as heck Interstellar), but I’ve recently signed up for Netflix again, and it got me thinking about my relationship to motion pictures…. I have a small confession to make, one that won’t come as a surprise…… Continue reading Let’s all go to the movies