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!

Bali Hai Redux

Do you know the song Bali -Hai from the musical South Pacific?  I loved every musical I saw growing up and knew the lyrics to all of them.  When I first saw the Florida Keys in 1958, I immediately began to sing Bali-Hai.  Not a perfect fit for the occasion, but close enough to satisfy my attraction … Continue reading Bali Hai Redux