« | Main | » 05/08/2013 Note: If this blog looks familiar, it's because I originally wrote it more than three years ago. It still holds true. Parentheses added for additional thoughts now. The order of these reasons has no significance! 13 reasons I'll be going back! 1. CIVILITY. Everyone is NICE ! Customers are always cordially welcomed and … Continue reading Thirteen Reasons I’ll be Returning
I know people who visit England and after a little time spent there, return to the USA speaking with an English Accent. I haven't acquired an English accent, nor a Japanese one, but I have deliberately acquired the Japanese version of saying Grace before meals. It's quick. It's easy once you've said the word 50 … Continue reading Itakakimasu!
Why does it still seem so improbable to me that a giant aircraft can lift off from the ground and carry me at speeds I cannot feel across vast oceans, then deposit me back to earth in another land? Each time I fly, the experience seems remarkable, particularly if it is a trip of several … Continue reading Back to Earth
I knew we were in for a visual fest when we received an invitation to join our friend Masa to visit a garden at the Daitoku-ji that is only open to the public for a short time in the spring and autumn. It's been a glorious few weeks. A streak of fine weather prolonged sakura … Continue reading The Cat and the Mouse
Today we merged with a few of the thousands of Chinese tourists who come to Kyoto to view the cherry blossoms. There are droves of Chinese tourists who flock here eager to shop and have fun. Young Chinese women dress up in brightly colored garish kimono, taking advantage of dozens of kimono rental businesses that … Continue reading Going the Tourist Route (for a few hours)