- May 4, 2017
21. post-Japan planning
With the wisdom of hindsight, here are my thoughts on planning a trip to Japan. I've given links just for your information - they aren't...
- Apr 27, 2017
20. last day in Tokyo
When we've wanted to say goodbye to shop employees, doormen, wait staff or taxi drivers we've been saying matane rather than sayonara. I...
- Apr 26, 2017
19. Gyoen and Ginza
Each morning for breakfast we've had a table at the window looking at the fabulous view over Tokyo. Today we had this dinky little alcove...
- Apr 24, 2017
18. Tokyo Sunday
This message by a vendor on the website of the Nogi Antique market convinced me we must go there. How could you not visit someone who...
- Apr 23, 2017
17. komingei, kanji and kobe
There's a word in Japanese I just love. It's hai, pronounced hi, a clipped expulsion of air from the throat, short and swift. It's a very...
- Apr 20, 2017
15. Daikanyama day
You know what we could say about Tokyo's weather so far? Beautiful one day, perfect the next! Yesterday was hot with a blue blue sky,...
- Apr 19, 2017
14. konnichwa Tokyo!
Gosh it seems so long since I've written to you yet it's only forty-eight hours. We've left Shiragawa, visited Kanazawa, come back by...
- Apr 17, 2017
13. Daishoji cruising
a simple bamboo vase on a wall at Beniya Mukayu holds a single red camellia Had things gone as planned today, we would have been visiting...
- Apr 16, 2017
12. where food is art
An extraordinary art installation, Tsukubai 2006 by Kenya Hara donated to the hotel by the maker. This is between the hotel library and...
- Apr 15, 2017
11. Beniya Mukayu
We negotiated our way from hotel to the metro to JR Shinkansen train line this morning without getting lost and in time for me to wander...
- Apr 14, 2017
10. happy Easter from Kyoto
Hello buddies, happy Easter! Let me tell you a little folk story I learned on the walk home today. Once upon a time, in 769, brave Lord...
- Apr 13, 2017
9. we meet a maiko
Today was truly the epitome of chi-go ichi-e (once in a lifetime). I can't wait to tell you all about it! Get a cup of coffee. It's a...
- Apr 12, 2017
8. a philosophical walk
This is the system for seating guests at breakfast at the hotel in Takayama. I think we were blue on the far side, with a window...
- Apr 11, 2017
Remember the forecast for today? Rain which occasionally stops? It didn't. Stop. At all. The temperature (6-11C) was fairly chilly but it...
- Apr 10, 2017
6. Konnichiwa Japan!
Sunday (was that only yesterday??) could not have been a more perfect day for a flight! We had a bird's eye view of the CBD of Brisbane....