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Asia » Japan » Kyoto » Kyoto March 18th 2014

Monday, March 17th The Kyoto Marathon There’s just so much to do in Kyoto, I wanted to make one more trip and sweep up everything I missed. I planned a loop around the city, stopping at all the major sites I missed as well as some of the minor ones. I left Kure around six-something in the morning, scheduled to arrive at Kyoto around 9:00. On the shinkansen over, I studied Japanese using some of the books that the JET program gave Ellen. I got so in to it that my stop came soon so I packed my things and got off the train. Once off, I realized that I forgot something important – the hat that Auntie Leslie made me! That hat has been the official hat of this trip. I’ve worn it ... read more
Tojo-ji Shine
Treasure Hall

Asia » Japan » Kyoto » Kyoto March 10th 2014

On Tuesday, I went to Ellen’s visit school at Takehara. While she does most of her teaching at Hiro, a city close to Kure, where she lives, she travels one a week to Takehara high school in a more rural location. I met the principal and teaching staff, and I gave omiyage of Bluebird Chocolate to the teaching staff for inviting me. The honey that I gave the principal was well received, and he either said it was his favorite food or his favorite gift to have been given. A lot of times I'm not really sure, but it's still a nice thing to say. Japanese high schools are currently in their testing weeks at the end of a school year, so it was pretty quiet in the morning, but after testing, I was asked to ... read more
Ellen and I with Okonomiyaki
Saihoji Temple
Hiking The Cemetery Trail

Asia » Japan » Kyoto » Kyoto February 8th 2014

Back in January 1996...that's a long time ago... I was in the middle of my last year at University. Preparing to graduate in Economics and writing my last paper on the ODA and FDI relationships between Japan and ASEAN. I had never been before to Asia, I was just 22 years old, I had studied Japanese, 2 hours per week at University for 2 years....and I was convinced that over the next few years, I would be living in Japan...or Asia. That I knew... First few years at University, I was a student leader convinced of a bright future in the political spheres...than made a switch...and became a pretty rewarded golf teacher for Club Med...all over sunny places...while being a full time student. Than came January 1996. I was doing my last few months at University...going ... read more
Ryoan-ji...and smiles...
Ginkaku-ji...on a snowy day...

Asia » Japan » Kyoto » Kyoto February 1st 2014

Grosse journée hier! Beaucoup de marche.. mes pieds sont en compotes! Aujourd'hui je vais utiliser davantage le métro sinon je ne serai plus capable de bouger pour les prochains jours. Mais j'ai vue de super beaux endroits. Je serais bien rester toute la journée à regarder le Pavillon d'Or mais je devais me bouger les fesses pour voir d'autres places. En plus puisque c'était samedi il y avait beaucoup de gens. Il y en avait beaucoup aussi à Arashiyama, une destination pas mal touristique. Le seul point négatif.. pas une miette de vent dans la forêt de bambou.. ça aurait donné un autre genre d'ambiance. Je suis aussi passé par le château Nijojo dans le centre de Kyoto mais c'était un peu ordinaire. De retour, une petite pause bière et ce gâteau vert.. Kyo-Mackiya. Très bon.. ... read more
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C'est de l'or véritable qui recouvre les murs

Asia » Japan » Kyoto » Kyoto » Gion January 31st 2014

Arrivé aujourd'hui à Kyoto et j'y serai pour les prochains jours, il y a beaucoup de choses à voir et faire ici et dans les alentours. Je suis dans un Ryokan assez bien situé pas très loin de Gion. Il a fait super beau aujourd'hui et dimanche il pourrait faire jusqu'à 19 degré, donc c'est presque l'été!! J'ai pleins de chose que je veux faire mais peut-être que je ne pourrai pas y arriver.. J'aimerais aller voir du Noh mais je crois que ça va être difficile ces temps-ci.. Pour ce qui est des Geisha j'en ai pas vue ce soir dans Gion.. À moins que je me tape un truc de touriste je crois que c'est mission impossible, bien que j'en ai croisé dans la gare à Osaka. Visite du palais Impérial à Kyoto.. assez ... read more
Kyoto - Palais Imperial
Palais Impérial
Palais Impérial


Asia » Japan » Kyoto January 19th 2014

The JR bullet train pass is great. I can go on almost any train in Japan including local and some subway trains. There are so many places I want to see in Japan, so much food I want to savour and so many insights I want to gain into the culture. However, after yesterday I’ve decided I need to slow down a bit. For each city I visit I need to first of all find the correct bullet train (there are four different types that go to the same place all at different paces, some I cannot get on,) I then need to find the correct platform (in some stations there are 50 platforms all in the same area of the station,) on the local streetcars (old trams) I need to find out the fare, find ... read more

Asia » Japan » Kyoto » Kyoto » Uji December 30th 2013

Hi everyone The trip over to japan was really good despite jetstar being utterly useless in the passenger assistance department. I was very lucky to have a nice fellow passenger who let me move to a seat where could stretch out my leg. Our room in Osaka was small but very comfortable. Now I see why people who go to japan rave about the toilets. They wired up and have a number of settings including a flush sound but no actual flushing. And then there was the nice warm ... read more
Decorated tree in Osaka
Nod to Harry potter perhaps!
Incredible display of plastic food

Asia » Japan » Kyoto » Kyoto December 23rd 2013

Well, it took me ages to write, but here is my first all-Chinese blog! A brief English introduction is at the bottom. Otherwise, enjoy the pics! 這是我第一次寫中文的部落格,是關於我最近的京都旅行。是我跟Emily六個月的結婚的週年(這個部分不是故意的,只是巧合而且是在Emily第一次懷孕的期間去旅行,這個禮拜是她懷孕的第二十四週。我很久以前去過東京,但是這是我第一次去京都,而且現在是京都的楓葉季。 我們跟Emily的弟弟去,因為他六個月前找到很便宜的廉價航空機票。我們到大阪以後覺得很餓,幸運的是機場的外面有一些國際的小吃攤,我沒想到我第一個在日本買的東西是幾瓶墨西哥啤酒。大阪的機場是很特別的,因為他們在海上做了個假的小島,然後客人會坐火車通過了一個... read more

Asia » Japan » Kyoto November 5th 2013

As jet lag set in and the day wore on, seeing the mid afternoon NZ vs Japan rugby match in Tokyo was the main time waster (I.e walkover match) of day one. No bars open, no cafes or hotel restaurant coverage, so tuning into TV4 on digital at the Hilton and between the ooohs and aaahs of the commentator we figured that NZ was winning. Keen to validate our JR passes that evening to make a speedy exit the next morning, we planned a trip to the Narita airport JR station en route to dinner. Arriving at the JR office short of 2 passports did not get us off to a great start, and so some to’ing and fro’ing and a little cursing later, we validated them and headed to the outpost of Chiba ken. ... read more
Steamy windows from Hakone Yumoto to Ashinoko
Fuji san...lucky to see!
White gloves and wide wing mirrors

Asia » Japan » Kyoto » Kyoto » Gion October 3rd 2013

An early start on the rapid express train to Fushimi Inari to see the many tori gates. We estimated 5,000 gates lining the hill . From the temple in front of the station you walk along 3km of pathways lined with tori gates. Each gate is labelled and dated. Many were bought by companies and groups. It was an incredible site but we were saddened to see the termite damage, reminding us of home! Back on the train to Kyoto, only two stops, and then on the raku bus. This bus line takes you all around Kyoto to the major sites. Kinkakuji, the golden temple first, then on to Kiyamizudera the temple on the hill. A great place for souvenir shopping along the paved streets of Kyoto. We saw young ladies dressed in Yukata, the traditional ... read more
Torii  gates at inari
Sunset at kiyamizudera
Souvenir streets in Kyoto

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