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Family Top Three Experiences for Japan

In April 2014 we took a marvellous family vacation to Japan (see 12 posts under the Travel menu) that we all thoroughly enjoyed. The parts of Japan that we saw … Continue reading

April 30, 2014 · 8 Comments

Book Reflections – Untangling my Chopsticks by Victoria Abbot Riccardi

Victoria Abbott Riccardi wrote¬†Untangling my Chopsticks – A Culinary Sojourn in Kyoto after spending time in Kyoto learning how to prepare chakaiseki¬†(tea kaiseki) with one of the three traditional tea … Continue reading

April 26, 2014 · 7 Comments

Travels in Japan with children, part 12, Kyoto

We started our last full day in Japan slowly, sorting, packing, and deliberately not rushing for once. Eventually we walked to Nanzen-ji temple and beyond that, past the aqueduct and … Continue reading

April 23, 2014 · 8 Comments

Travels in Japan with children, part 11, Nara

1400 years ago Nara was the capital city of Japan and we have attended the Nara festival in Australia, so it was with anticipation and excitement that we set off … Continue reading

April 22, 2014 · 1 Comment

Travels with children in Japan, part 10, Kyoto

This morning we woke to the daily sound of our neighbours filling their buckets in the tiny alleyway that we share and having a jovial chat. We considered the unfortunate … Continue reading

April 21, 2014 · 2 Comments

Travels with children in Japan, part 9, Kyoto

This morning we explored the east end of our street and we were delighted to discover 3 temples in the same block. In the 2nd (Jakko-Ji) we fairly quietly explored … Continue reading

April 20, 2014 · 2 Comments

Travels with children in Japan, part 8, Nagoya

We set off this morning as early as we could manage, negotiated the subway system and arrived at the Shinkansen station in preparation for our day trip to Kurashiki only … Continue reading

April 19, 2014 · 4 Comments

Travels in Japan with children, part 7, Kyoto

This morning we took our first bus ride in Japan to Kinkakuji Temple. The driver continued to accept new passengers well beyond the comfort level of most of us and … Continue reading

April 18, 2014 · 1 Comment

Travels in Japan with children, part 6, Kurama

Today for the first time we were out of our house by 8:30 am and on our way to Mt Kurama. After finding that our children were not coping well … Continue reading

April 17, 2014 · 2 Comments

Travels with children in Japan, part 5, Arashiyama

We set off this morning late and well rested but with me chomping at the bit to get away earlier so we could see more before our children become feral … Continue reading

April 16, 2014 · 1 Comment