We have been meeting sea-anemones, condors, crabs, sea lions and seals. It brings back fond memories of some of our other coastal excursions and adventures, all over the U.S. and elsewhere.
Last Tuesday we were discussing rivers and lakes on Twitter. Every Tuesday we join an international group of globe trotters who like to discuss various topics related to travel. Seine River, Paris Rivers and lakes remind us to pause, take a moment and reflect. As human beings made of 98% water we are naturally drawn … Continue reading Favorite Rivers around the World
We reluctantly take our leave of Japan.
Aug. 28, 2006: Tea and Shaolin Okay, we know. This is the 15th day of our trip, and also a Monday; so technically, we should be starting another week, right? Aha, gotcha! If you'll look back to Day 1 and Day 2, you'll see that for all practical purposes, they were the same day. And … Continue reading D, K and Z in Japan, Day 14
Aug. 27, 2006: Tokyo and Ghibli And now back, as promised, to Hayao Miyazaki. This was our day to tour the Ghibli Museum, dedicated to Miyazaki's animation studio, Studio Ghibli. Since there is no parking available at the museum in the Tokyo suburb of Mitaka, it's necessary to go by public transit, tour bus, bicycle, … Continue reading D, K and Z in Japan, Day 13
Aug. 26, 2006: Five Hundred Buddhas and a Hundred Caves This morning at breakfast we had nashi, or Japanese pears, which actually had the taste and texture of a pear masquerading as a jicama. We'd had something similar in the States, although never this good. Once again we all piled into the van and headed out for a field trip. … Continue reading D, K and Z in Japan, Day 12
August 25, 2006: Kumagaya City (and "Japanese pancakes") Our long day at Disney is now behind us, although that doesn't stop Zephyr and Kimberly from making everyone crack up with their spot-on imitations of Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck respectively. We all slept in a bit late today, except that Toshihide was, as usual up … Continue reading D, K and Z in Japan, Day 11
Aug. 24, 2006: Tokyo Disney You know something's really afoot when our teenage son Zephyr gets up at 6:00 a.m. (Tokyo time, New York time, Los Angeles time or Timbuktu time), especially without someone dousing him with cold water and dragging him out of bed by his big toe. This morning was obviously special, because … Continue reading D, K and Z in Japan, Day 10
Aug. 23, 2006: Obon Bread is something that the Japanese seem to eat very little of. Aside from pastry-type goods, we see few loaves in stores, and they're rather small. Until this morning, we'd never eaten bread here at all. But this morning, we were served a rather American-style breakfast of toast, jam, peanut butter … Continue reading D, K and Z in Japan, Day 9
Aug. 22, 2006: Kumagaya City The Big Event of the day was a performance in Japan by Act!vated Story Theatre. No, we're not kidding. Yukari, at our request, arranged for us to present a story to a group of her English students and some of their parents, an audience of about 40 people in all. … Continue reading D, K and Z in Japan, Day 8