Food, Glorious Food

Kyoto has lots of restaurants.  All kinds of restaurants.  All kinds of food.  We like many places that we've tried, happily returning each time we visit.  The standards are high here.  The food is always well prepared, of high quality and very fresh. You won't find overcooked fish.  The offerings are usually a seasonal celebration. … Continue reading Food, Glorious Food

Itakakimasu!

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!

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

Back in Business

There is something about coming back to Japan that resets my clock. Backwards. In a good way. Each time I arrive here I have the same feeling I'd get as a child when I'd go to NYC. On high alert,  senses stimulated, fatigue banished. I quickly transform from a place of "been there, done that" … Continue reading Back in Business

More and More and Even More Stuff!

I'll admit it.  Once upon a time, I enjoyed shopping.  I mean REALLY enjoyed shopping.  I liked to look at what was out there in the market place.  It was more an aesthetic experience than a consumer one.  Truthfully, I couldn't afford to buy much, but I very much enjoyed looking. Today, we're hearing about … Continue reading More and More and Even More Stuff!