The Cat and the Mouse

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

Going the Tourist Route (for a few hours)

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)

Cleanliness Redefined

If there was a competition for the world's cleanest country, I have no doubt that the Japanese would win it hands down, or clothes off. We just visited the venerable Kinosaki Onsen about a two hour train ride from Kyoto on the West Coast. We traveled with two of our grandchildren, uncertain whether or not … Continue reading Cleanliness Redefined

A Day in My Life in Kyoto

Truth be told, I was not feeling well last week. Since I'm prone to upper respiratory infections,  I travel with a stash of medicine to help insure I recover more quickly when illness strikes.  I saw a local doctor who added to my pharmacological intake, and confirmed that my lungs were clear, although I had … Continue reading A Day in My Life in Kyoto