"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
One way we can recall what it's like to be a child again, is to travel with children. It's good if they're thoughtful and curious. It's an added bonus if they have a good "eye" and catch sight of things you might overlook. A willingness to try new things including unusual looking foreign food is … Continue reading Japan: Through A Child’s Eyes
I usually judge my "amazement" temperature by the number of photos I'm inspired to take. A trip to Japan usually means hundreds and hundreds of snapshots. Thank God for digital. The wonders of this remarkable city began appearing soon after we left our hotel. In looking over my stash of photos from the day, I … Continue reading Just Another Day in Tokyo
It's fun and tough to shop for our five granddaughters when we're in Japan. We try to find small transportable items that they'll find intriguing and exciting and perk their curiosity about this place we visit so often. Two of my grandchildren were very specific about what they wanted me to bring back from our … Continue reading I Like Ca(u)ndy Too!
I'm back in Tokyo. In spite of all my preparation, I showed up at the airport prepared to fly the wrong airline. As soon as the woman behind the desk at ANA began tsk tsk tsking, I knew I had a problem. She could not find a record of my reservation, then looking further, noted that the reservation … Continue reading Monkey Business Trip