Thirteen Reasons I’ll be Returning

« | 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

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

But I do Love Birthday Cake!

My birthday is tomorrow.  My birthday is tomorrow.  My birthday is tomorrow. Part of me experiences the childlike excitement that phrase elicits.  Part of me says this is no time for self congratulation or celebration if you're living in Santa Barbara.  Too much has been lost by too many. Anyhow, I can't bring myself to … Continue reading But I do Love Birthday Cake!

Some Things Do Endure

A favorite activity for many of us this time of the year, is to review photographs of the past year. It always amazes me that many of "the year in pictures" photos I see have almost been forgotten in the course of a year. We live in such a fast-paced popular culture! What we thought … Continue reading Some Things Do Endure

It’s Almost Like Being in Love

When I'm in Japan, people seem nicer, the landscape more beautiful, the mundane more interesting. The giggling groups of young women enjoying each other's company help me to appreciate how fleeting youth is.  The laughs I share with new friends are more frequent. The reds are redder, the golds more golden. Respect for and tolerance … Continue reading It’s Almost Like Being in Love