Since I learned to drive, I've always had the urge to explore places off the beaten path. I love to follow an unknown road deep into the countryside. The same impulse still resides in me today. Yesterday, it took me and my husband on a wonderful detour just on the city's edge. Following a recommendation … Continue reading Aging Gracefully Off the Beaten Path
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. I didn't know that the visit would prompt a spontaneous game of cat … Continue reading The Cat and the Mouse
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)
Since I was a bit long-winded in my last blog, I decided to cut to the chase today. As I mentioned in my last blog, one reason I'm in Japan now is to celebrate spring in Japanese fashion. The arrival of the cherry blossom season here is feverishly anticipated for weeks before the actual blooms … Continue reading Almost Never Enough PINK
You think you have trouble remembering names? Just try remembering the names of a few dozen of the 1600 temples that are here in Kyoto! After dozens of years of visits, I'm still often in a state of confusion when it comes to identifying which temples I've visited. It frequently happens that I don't think … Continue reading I’m Sorry, What’s Your Name??