Kuan Yin's Guestbook



11th July 2017

Japan!
Following your steps Karen - I love your pics and comments! My grandfather brought me a kimono when I was 2. He had been in Japan post WWII as an education advisor. With the kimono came many stories, wood-block prints (which I have) and other cultural artifacts and habits. I've always wanted to go there!
11th July 2017

Finding nice little spots
Was interesting to read, I love Japan a lot. I know a Japanese man named Yuki who is travelling the world giving free hugs for world peace, nice to see other Japanese people picking it up as well. :)
11th July 2017

Free hugs
Sometimes a little human interaction is nice, and it gave me a chance to talk to some people I normally would not have.
7th July 2017

Tokyo Food
I went to Tokyo earlier this year and was astonished to find these shops exist. I didn't go to this street but in the Tokyo Tower shopping center there is a shop that sells them as magnets. They really do look real. It took me a moment of thinking how is the food staying on the 90 degree plate before realizing what it was.
7th July 2017

Fake food
Yes, I also saw them in stores as magnets, USB drives, even as earrings! (Don't know that I would want sushi earrings, but hey, you never know....)
4th July 2017
Kappabashi-dori

Fake fruit
I've been there Karen but you expose what my eyes could not see...fake fruit is big business! Excellent blog.
5th July 2017
Kappabashi-dori

Thanks!
Thank you for your kind words, Dave. The fake food was not cheap by any stretch of the imagination. But then again, it's not going to go bad either.
4th July 2017

Food
Some Australian Department Stores also have upmarket food courts/halls, but I've yet to see a bar - I think it's a great idea! I've never thought of watermelon as exotic or 'special occasion' food :)
4th July 2017

Expensive fruit
The watermelon really caught my eye, not only because of how it was displayed, but also by its price. Today my local grocery store is selling whole watermelons for US$1.88 a piece.
27th June 2017

Samurai
Great info! So many really cool museums in the world. Glad you were pointed in the right direction.
From Blog: Samurai!
24th June 2017

Ancient history
I love hearing all the stories about those ancient times (628 A.D.) Always love your blogs and the useful information.
24th June 2017

Thanks for the kind words
I like the history of a place, too. There are some cool stories hidden in the past.
15th June 2017

Star Trek Communicators
With all the technology in the world they should be able to figure out the rest of this stuff. They should beam you up if you want to be.
15th June 2017

Wouldn't that be great?
I could go to the Ann Arbor Art Fair and be back for the summer racing season in Del Mar the next day.
12th June 2017

Small museums
Soon we will be publishing a blog about museums in LA and some of the more quirky ones were worth a visit.
13th June 2017

Small museums
Sometimes it's nice to visit a small museum (with a small entry fee) Rather than plan an all day outing. I like the Getty In LA, but man, what a production to get there!
12th June 2017

Teleport me baby
Japan is closed on Monday's....I'll remember that when we plan our trip. I chuckled at your story...sorry it may not have intended to be funny. Hopefully things will improve.
13th June 2017

There's always an upside....
Actually, I thought it was pretty funny, too.
11th June 2017

Exciting! I'll be following along on your Japan blogs, I've been wanting to visit for a long time, couldn't fit it in this year. Safe trip!
11th June 2017

Come along!
I'm happy to have accompany me on my adventures.
8th June 2017

Hi-tech are not always handy!
Poor you! Hard work (or may be hard walk) didn't quite pay off - the museums were closed. Now I know why I am so happy with my flip phone...I don't have a smart one. About the dog of Samurai - in some Asian countries they become part of the epics. I know one famous Indian epic, where the dog actually walked with the saint to the heaven.
8th June 2017

The joy of maps
The other thing about using a real map is that folks will spontaneously come up to help you. That and maps are just pretty. Stay tuned - I did make it to the Shitamachi Museum.
6th June 2017

Flying to Japan
We hope to go to Japan in the next couple of years. We will keep ANA in mind. Very cool that they wave goodbye. I like that. Sounds like U.S. immigration could learn from the Japanese process. I will save all your tips for our trip.
2nd June 2017

ANA
Karen, I do agree with you that flying with ANA is generally an enjoyable experience. I flew last year ANA Vancouver- Haneda and the service was great. On the way back, it was not so great as the crews woke me up from three empty seats I was sleeping in and transferred me to the back. I was told seats were needed for some sick passengers, but they remained vacant rest of the flight. I was ticked off and wrote to ANA afterwards. In any event, I will fly them again when I get a chance. The immigration formality was fast in Haneda and I could only compare it with Singapore where the folks are busier but faster. They guarantee you to be out in 10 minutes by the time you stand in the line up and out you go. Worst I found in Bangkok, a fish market. Thank you for narrating your experience, it's fun!
2nd June 2017

Immigration formalities
You're right - Singapore probably has the quickest and most efficient Immigration and Customs process I've ever seen. The worst? Miami, where I was in line for about two hours, along with about a thousand of my closest (in the literal sense) friends. That was a while ago, and I've heard it's gotten better. I now have Global Entry, which makes entering the US much faster and less of a hassle.

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