Kay Ko


Kay Ko

Just a small town girl, livin' in a lonely world. She took the midnight train going anywhere....

Asia » Japan » Yamaguchi » Iwakuni April 27th 2017

My brother told me about a photo booth in Iwakuni where teenaged girls cosplayed as different characters come frequent. Knowing that there are no shortage of photo booths in Japan, this peaked my curiosity. And for good reason! It is a standing photo booth, big enough for a group of 4 or 5 people! There is a big circular beauty lamp in front of you, to give you flattering lighting (almost like a professional photo shoot). Then, using my crude Japanese translator, we saw that for 300 yen, you get to take 6 photos. Before you start, you choose a couple options. First, you pick your eye enlarging option. We didn't know what that was at first, so we picked one at random. We ended up with big anime eyes as the final product! You then ... read more
Print Station
Option to send to mobile

Asia » Japan » Hiroshima » Miyajima April 23rd 2017

The island of Itsukushima is more famously known as Deer Island. The Sika deer roam freely amongst the shrines, shops, and visitors. They are very tame and friendly . In ancient times, the deer on Miyajima were worshipped as messengers of the Gods and of the locals. Just don't let your guard down, bc they will come after your breakfast muffin!... read more
Found a grapefruit
They will walk with you
They are all over the island, to include the top of Mt Yokoyama

Asia » Japan » Yamaguchi » Iwakuni April 21st 2017

Ohayou Gozaimasu! Yesterday was my first full day in Japan. And it was a fantastic day! Due to some work constraints my brother is unable to travel really past the Yamaguchi prefecture. So I will not be hitting up the main tourist spots around Tokyo, Okinawa, etc etc. Am I disappointed? Hell no! There is so much to do here! And so much to absorb. I love wandering into obscure, less traveled areas. You can really get a feel for true culture – not watered down for tourists. That is not to say I do not enjoy some of the American comforts of staying on an American military base. It is quite nice actually. Feels like a little slice of home, even though I am so far away. Vacation is not an excuse to turn into ... read more
Hiking the Kikkawa Trail
Kintai Park
Iwakuni Castle

Asia » Japan » Yamaguchi » Iwakuni April 21st 2017

If anyone knows me personally, they know I love to just people watch and observe my surroundings. With that being said, I decided to start my Kayko Travel Talley. It will just incorporate something I have observed that has turned into a pattern. Enough for me to start a tally. After day 1, here is my running tally: 1. Times toddler screamed NO on 3 hr flight to LA - 31 (before I stopped counting) 2. Accidental eye contact with a stranger - 9 3. People who have spoken Spanish to me and were disappointed - 4. LA tourists wearing douchey newspaper boy hats or trilbys - 18 5. Girls traveling in heels that can't walk in them - 11 6. Times I've checked for my passport - 1000+ 7. Jokes about United flights - TOO. ... read more

Asia » Japan April 20th 2017

Konnichiwa! So unlike my trip to Europe, where I flew solo, I am here in Japan with my brother. He is stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni. This gives me the luxury of being with someone who is familiar with travel and with the general area. Lucky for me! And it is great to have company. He was running late to come get me, so I sat in the Hiroshima airport for awhile. I saw my first Japanese toilet. The ones I have only heard about. Bidet and all. I know that seems like such a silly thing to blog about, but it was fascinating to me. As soon as you lift the lid it made a toilet flushing sound (not actually flush). I assume this is to allow you to be discreet as you ... read more
Just a Cozy Train Ride
Level 5 Curry with Chicken and Garlic
7-11 is in Japan!

Asia » Japan » Yamaguchi » Iwakuni April 20th 2017

(I wrote this on the plane ride from Tokyo to Hiroshima) Disclaimer: It has been a long trip but I am currently in the air and on the way to hiroshima. I also am writing on my tablet because my laptop died. So forgive any typos! My handwriting is not great so it is hard for the tablet to recognize what I am saying. And it begins! I left Dallas at 0800 central time, and continued to time travel from there! Flight to LA was smooth as silk. Good. I get anxious on turbulent flughts. I envy those who find turbelence soothing. Got to LAX in time for lunch. Lucky for me, LA is not short on vegetariarian and vegan options. We boarded for tokyo about 50 min before takeoff. I got there just in time ... read more
Made it!
Glad to be here!!!!
Plane to Hiroshima

North America » United States » Oklahoma April 18th 2017

Konbanwa! And greetings from my Kayko cave in Oklahoma. There has been a huge break in my travel blogging. I never even finished my European blog (gomen -_- )! And since my last entry I have been to many places and have seen tons of sites. Life caught up with me I suppose. But I told myself, no excuses Kayko. You will archive THIS trip. I have been wanting to visit Japan since I was a little girl. I studied Japanese as a youth, and I formally studied it in college. I have a laundry list of places to see and things I want to do. And it has been growing for years. I will only be able to tick off some of the things on my list. That is okay though! Every moment counts and ... read more

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome September 19th 2015

221603SEP2015 Benvenuto a Roma! Again, I am catching up on long overdue entries. Please excuse my tardiness. I hope I remember enough to truly capture my experience. I think I do, I made audio notes the whole way to ensure I didn't miss specific things I wanted to highlight. In all honesty, I was ready to leave Switzerland. The views were breathtaking and it was clean, but I was not as charmed as I had been when I was in France. I am sure that is because I was in an expensive resort town. It definitely had its charm, Zermatt looks like a Christmas village! But I think my experience would have been different if I had went to Zurich, or if I was a skier. I am glad I only planned on being there for ... read more
Paying to Leave the Parking Garage
Long Drive Ahead
Practicing my Terrain Association

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Zermatt September 18th 2015

221323SEP2015 So I fell very far behind on my blog. I apologize for my delay. Between traveling, Wi-Fi issues, and sheer laziness...I failed to update the blog daily. Good news is, I am at the Leonardo di Vinci Airport in Rome nearly 9 hours early. So now I have nothing but time to organize photos and update the blog. Along my drive from Zermatt to Rome I made audio notes of topics I planned on talking about. I realized I did not just want to do a day by day play by play (like the rhyming?). I decided to break it down into more. Specific observations, or places. I thought it would make my notes about my trip more dynamic. I need to backlog my adventures in Abu Dhabi and Dubai as well...I have some work ... read more
Entering 19th Century Mountain Living
Search for the Truth Exhibit about the Controversial First Climb of the Matterhorn
Personal Effects of the First Ascenders of the Matterhorn

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Zermatt September 18th 2015

182147SEP2015 Hallo meine Freunde! I am wiped, but I did say I need to stay on top of this blog. And stay on top of it I will! Today was my first full, and only day, in Switzerland! What a day it was...both expensive, and breathtaking! I slept in without apology today. After the long day the day prior, I was okay with that! Waking around 8 AM, I pulled out the map the hotel desk man gave me the night prior, and planned my day. I really dialed into one particular thing. Seeing as I came to Switzerland to see the Alps, and in particular the Matterhorn, I decided on taking the train up to the summit of Gornergrat. The Gornergrat Railway is the highest open-air railway in Europe. The line opened in 1898, and ... read more
Blue Skies Coming out
So Excited to be in Gornergrat
Me and the Matterhorn

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