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Asia » Japan » Hyogo » Kobe November 10th 2008

When we got married in May, we didn't have the wherewithal to have a reception and didn't think it necessary. However, we had second thoughts and decided to take the plunge. We're very glad we did- it was a fantastic day... Mitsu left early in order to get her hair and make-up and so on done, Maya and I headed out a little later. I practised reading my wedding speech several times at home and on the train, I was bricking myself about it. We got to the venue to find my gorgeous wife looking even more ravishing- a right jaw dropper. Friends and family almost all came early and there were tears from the get-go. To my joy and surprise, Junko-san and Maki-san were wearing kimono and both looked fabulous. After some checking and photos ... read more
The Bride and Groom
En Famille

Asia » Japan » Hyogo » Himeji October 21st 2008

Short Stay in Himeji and Awaji, Japan This is my second trip to Japan after I landed in Kyushu Island in 2007. It is definitely a trip worth looking forward to considering the pleasant culture, people and food there. Day 1 21 Oct It took about six and half hours in the early morning to fly from Kuala Lumpur to Kansai International airport, Osaka. Kansai is actually located on an island off Osaka. The temperature outside the airport terminal was 'cool' at 18C. I was immediately overwhelmed by Japanese wording and signs all around though most are with English translations. Officers were not we'll versed with English but could easily overcome by sign languages. At 0845, I took the Kansai Airport Haruka Limited Express from Kansai to Shin-Osaka and boarded Shinkansen Hikari Super Express to Himeji ... read more
Posing with Himeji Castle
Himeji Castle

Asia » Japan » Hyogo » Kobe October 21st 2008

Our last day in Japan. It was a good day! We headed out early to go back to Kyoto. At first it was a bit of a buzzkill to have to go back to the city we thought we finished yesterday, but it turned out to be one of the nicest days of the vacation for me. Once we got there, Nick headed off to the Kiyamizu temple (to buy something for Megumi) while Mike and I ventured out to visit the golden pavilion (Kinkaku-ji). We all started by buying a $5 all day pass for the bus. I'm actually starting to be able to get around a little bit on my own (when Mike and Nick are otherwise engaged and I actually try to do something on my own). The girl behind the bus info ... read more
The Golden Pavilion
The Golden Pavilion
The Golden Pavilion

Asia » Japan » Hyogo » Kobe October 5th 2008

Kobe turned out to be a really wonderful little city. Some might recognize the name from the 1995 Earthquake here that killed about 6000 people. Since then it's been rebuilt and it definitely feels nicer then an older Japanese city. Wide room streets and walkways and a very cosmopolitan atmosphere makes this a lot nicer I think then Osaka was. Lot's of parks and a nice memorial to the Earthquake is here as well. I'm staying a place called Kobe Dears Guesthouse, on the way over a white guy I assumed was another guest here stopped on his small scooter and helped with directions, it's a bit out of the way but they had great signage.. anyways turns out he actually runs the hostel, pretty odd seeing a white guy running ANYTHING around here. He's married ... read more
Jazz Music Group
Jazz Group Outfits

Asia » Japan » Hyogo » Kobe September 19th 2008

A collection of facts that I've learned in Japan so far: 1) English music is everywhere. Commercials. Playing from random stereos outside stores. And it can be in many forms too, sometimes without words. 2) English *celebrities* are everywhere. Cameron Diaz, Scarlett Johanssen, Tommy Lee Jones, Orlando Bloom, Kiera Knightley... tons... 3) Just about everything you can buy, you can find at a store somewhere for very cheap. Go to the mall, clothes are expensive. Find a local Avail shop or other equivalent, clothes are extremely cheap. And books? Books are already cheap, but find a used book store, and they're even cheaper! The only thing this isn't the case for is phones. Phones are friggin' expensive everywhere. 4) Traveling can be expensive... and long. But it's also kind of fun. Especially when you get lost. ... read more


Asia » Japan » Hyogo July 9th 2008

Well, it was about time, and we've finally had another guest. Desiree/Desi met Mitsu in Montreal and they've been best friends ever since. They hadn't seen each other in three years, and the tears at the airport were something to behold! Anyway, we've naturally been showcasing as much of the area (and food) as we can- taking in Kobe, Osaka, Nara, Kyoto- and the cherry on the top, a weekend away in Northern Hyogo. The first stop was Kinosaki, one of the top hot spring resorts in Japan. It's been a popular haunt for semi-boiling yourself for two centuries or longer, and still holds alot of the traditional feel and ambience that it did fifty or more years ago. Most of the houses are old, and other than the cars and electrical wires, you could easily ... read more
Nowt but the open seas.

Asia » Japan » Hyogo » Kobe July 4th 2008

Kobe...this is where I randomly came across this Bluegrass music bar by myself last year, and ended up making friends and remaining penpals with this guy called Kohei who worked behind the bar, and his Dad owned it! (Read about my discovery of it here - ) I thought it would be a good idea if I did a week homestay at his house with his parents above the bar (even though he was not there but at Uni) to experience Japanese life and improve my Japanese! Kelvin came with me to Kobe for the day. Luckily I was able to leave my beast of a suitcase in a locker at the train station... We did some sunbathing down by the port on some grass...finally we found a big grassy patch, we were so happy as ... read more
What on earth do you call that...
Double bass...

Asia » Japan » Hyogo June 13th 2008

This is a little late in the posting, but in my/our defence, we've been offline until very recently. I'm bloody married!!!! Amazing and fabulous that this 'journey', which started back in February 04 has arrived here. There have been twists and turns, good and bad, but this bit is fantastic. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you Mr Richard Christopher Budd and Mrs Mitsuyo Kosaka.* So, how do you get married in Japan? Well, it's not unlike getting a visa. We had to get a bunch of paperwork together, including a form from my consulate which says I'm not married to anyone else (as far they can guess), my birth certificate, evidence of living in Japan and so on and so forth. Then you go along to the local city office, they put it all together, type ... read more
Group Shot
Woop, there it is.
Cutting the Cake

Asia » Japan » Hyogo May 31st 2008

A couple of weeks ago, the Wakayama JET group arranged for us all to go to a Hanshin Tiger's game... Japanese vocab yakyuu: baseball natsukashii: nostalgic It's something everyone should go to at least once while in Japan- a Hanshin Tiger's game. Who cares if you're not interested in baseball? You don't even have to watch the game, you can just watch the fans! It's all about the atmosphere. Baseball games in Japan remind me of sitting (well, more like standing) in the student section Memorial Stadium at the Cal vs. USC games...everyone stands and cheers the whole time, waving around giant flag, with their own bands playing below, and goofy mascots dancing around with oversized heads. Weeeeeeeeeeell, Japanese pro yakyu games may not have fully bands going, but they make up for it by ... read more
Wakayama JETS
ready to to go

Asia » Japan » Hyogo » Kobe May 4th 2008

I wanted to document for friends and family my Japan experience when I started this blog. I also planned to travel abroad a lot, which have now been put on hold indefinitely. Surprise, surprise a second baby is on the way. Whew!!! as if carrying a baby and a stroller up and down subway stairs, changing nappies on a tight airplane lavatory are not enough detriment on traveling, and not to mention the cost of having children. No complaining here folks, but I guess its now time to move this blog to the Although there were no exciting traveling involved, our schedule went crazy with my in-laws visit wanting to meet my mother, here in Osaka. My sister in law booked all of us in a not so exciting Kobe city tour which includes a ... read more
Akira's cakes
akira's first haircut
sake museum

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