A Day in My Life in Kyoto

Truth be told, I was not feeling well last week. Since I'm prone to upper respiratory infections,  I travel with a stash of medicine to help insure I recover more quickly when illness strikes.  I saw a local doctor who added to my pharmacological intake, and confirmed that my lungs were clear, although I had … Continue reading A Day in My Life in Kyoto

My Piece of Heaven

  Rokkaku-ji.  Rokkaku-ji.  Rokkakuji.  Bali Hai  Bali Hai.Bali Hai. It's become my neighborhood sanctuary. Simply walk through its ancient wooden gates into a small protected sacred space visited by neighborhood locals, bordered by high office walls and even a damn Starbuck's.  No matter.  In my opinion, it's a perfect retreat. I've entered a world of … Continue reading My Piece of Heaven

The Kyoto Hospitality Hour

"Come to our apartment for a little sake and chit chat before we go out for dinner," is how our invitation goes.  That said, we have easily pulled together a spontaneous series of Vapnek hospitality hours that we are very happy with.  Our guests seem delighted as well.  It could only happen here. Our more … Continue reading The Kyoto Hospitality Hour

Almost Never Enough PINK

Since I was a bit long-winded in my last blog, I decided to cut to the chase today.  As I mentioned in my last blog, one reason I'm in Japan now is to celebrate spring in Japanese fashion.  The arrival of the cherry blossom season here is feverishly anticipated for weeks before the actual blooms … Continue reading Almost Never Enough PINK

I’m here to Celebrate Spring

Is this what getting old is going to be about?  I had an all day/almost all night coughing jag yesterday that wore me and my poor husband out.  You're going to have to do something about that, he told me grumpily.  No dah, I replied with irritation. I stopped taking a prescribed cortisone inhaler today … Continue reading I’m here to Celebrate Spring