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A Half Day in the Life (cont’d)

By March 30, 2017January 22nd, 20183 Comments

Matcha pancakes, anyone?

If you ever need an excuse for overindulgence, just bring along some children for whom the word excess holds no meaning.

So, the day began yesterday with our family gathering for breakfast at a small restaurant we’d discovered a few years ago.  It’s an Hawaiian import, specializing in taking a humble pancake and pushing it over the top.  It’s called Eggs n Things.  I guess the “things” might be for the extravagant plates of pancakes they serve up, for which there are almost no words, although as a rational adult, I can quickly think of a few, obscene being one of them. This would never enter the mind of a child whose dopamine levels are dangerously high, but continue to escalate.

Spreading the whipped cream.

Just for your info, not one for personal sacrifice, I had a stack of strawberry pancakes, the only one of the adults not to order eggs.  I only ate about 2/3 of the whipped cream.

Our goal for the day was to travel to Fushimi Inari shrine, about 20 minutes away by train.

Walking to the station, we passed some cool sights.

street folk art in Kyoto

window scene

In the window of Takashimaya

cool kids

hydrangeas leafing out

We arrived at the Fushimi Inari Shrine along with thousands of other tourists.  Our first encounter was with a newborn baby and proud grandmothers, about to be blessed in a Shinto ceremony.

We wound our way up the hill to the shrine of toriis.  None of us had the desire to walk to the top and we were all pleased to turn back after about 20 minutes on the trail.  It was a relief for me to get away from the tourists, but I was happy to learn that our visitors still thought it was a sight not-to-be-missed.  In just a half-day, we were all ready to take a break.

torii gates at Fushimi Inari Shrine.

Dianne Vapnek

In an attempt to slow life's quickening pace, I'm writing to share my personal perspective on the aging process, its dilemmas, the humorous self-deception, the insights and the adventure of it all. I spent the bulk of my time in beautiful Santa Barbara, CA, but manage to get to NYC a few times times a year. I've been a dancer/dance teacher and dance supporter almost all my life. For the past20years, I help create and produce a month-long creative residency in Santa Barbara for contemporary American choreographers and their dancers. It's been incredibly gratifying. This year, I decided it's time to retire! Big change. I also now spend several weeks a year in Kyoto Japan, residing for several weeks in the spring and the fall. I've been magnetically attracted to Japan for many years. Now I live out a dream to live there part-time.


  • Izabell says:

    My dears!!! I religiously reading your blog! What a joy! Thank you so much! Right now in Tokyo for a week on business, using all the knowledge of Japan you so generously sharing in your posts. Appreciate it immensely. Looking forward to coming back to Japan already:) See you very soon!!! When are you going back to SB, if at all:)) Hello to your beautiful family! Love Izabell


  • Judi Wallner says:

    Wow oh wow are you having fun!

  • April says:

    Thank you for the fun and beautiful trip!

    Xo. April

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