The research says that you don't really want to read about our vacation (see here), but its too late to stop now. Yesterday, we visited the Zōzō-ji temple.... And today, our last full day in Japan, we checked out the Tsukiji Fish Market, through which all things marine must go before arriving on Tokyo tables.
Life in Tokyo, and beyond
Guest post from Heidi.
OK folks... Here's what you've been waiting for: Heidi's take on Japan. ------------ I love Japan! It’s clean and safe, the trains and subways run like clockwork, the people are friendly and the food is delicious! We’ve been here for almost 2 weeks and have seen 2 homeless people. The trains and subways are wonderful. [...]
地震 = Earthquake
Boxing Day Torii
Our last day in Kyoto and we split up again. Heidi and I spent half the day at Fushimi-Inara Taisha, where thousands of orange/red torii (gates) line the paths up the mountain. It was crazy busy at the base, but like most tourist spots became more peaceful and pleasant the farther up the hill you [...]
Xmas in Hiroshima
Yesterday was Xmas and we bulleted to Hiroshima for the day. Did you know that 2014 is the 50th anniversary of Shinkansen service in Japan. Fiftieth! Puts all other rapid transit systems, or (for Toronto) dreams thereof, to shame Our time in Hiroshima was largely taken up visiting the memorials, there are many, for those [...]
Listen | Think | Accept | Practice | Believe
霜月 = Shimotsuki
Kyōto is cold. Colder than Tōkyō. That's why December in Japan is known as shimotsuki, the frosty month. We started with breakfast in the ryokan; in our room on the low table again. Then we took in some of the sights in Arashiyama: Tenryū-ji (Zen temple and garden)... ...the bamboo forest... ...and Okōchi Sansō (gardens [...]
Please go backward
東京国立博物館 = Tokyo National Museum
AWB and CSB did their own things today, so Heidi and I decided to explore the Yanaka neighbourhood - which has avoided earthquake, fire and war damage, and is home to an active artistic community. Think Kensington Market, Tokyo-style. We started in the Yanaka Ginza, and I got shouted at for taking a picture at [...]
富士 = Fuji
Yesterday was full-on tourist day. Shuttled around the Mt. Fuji / Hakone area by motor coach, being let out every hour or so, just long enough to snap some pictures, or go for a cable car or boat ride, or get some lunch, or go to the bathroom. Still, it was a good way to [...]
Turning Japanese, just a little bit
Dinner last night was at "En", an izakaya style restaurant on the 42nd floor of the tower next to our hotel. This morning, we started our day like most Tokyo residents, on the subway. Near the Omate-Sando station we discovered the Nezu Museum, and its lovely garden. And we ended the afternoon at Kabukiza, for one act [...]
And then there were four
Turned out that ours was the first Air Canada flight via Boeing 787 from YVR to NRT. We got a cheesy pin to celebrate. New plane, same indifferent service.