One way we can recall what it’s like to be a child again, is to travel with children. It’s good if they’re thoughtful and curious. It’s an added bonus if they have a good “eye” and catch sight of things you might overlook. A willingness to try new things including unusual looking foreign food is a bonus. A sense of adventure comes with the territory.
A little back story. Remarkably similar to their grandmother’s penchant for sweet things, both children became initially fascinated with Japan because each time I came back from Japan, I brought back Japanese KitKats for them. The delightful flavors are unseen in the USA. (See original post.) The Japanese love of sweet things seems to surpass that of any other country I’ve visited. Kids pick up on this candy heaven quickly. It goes without saying they can become easily distracted by what adults think of as junk, but that’s part of being a kid too.
In just a few days, they’ve wandered with us by the small shops, the food stalls and the trinket shops that lead up to the Kiyomizaderu Temple. I find myself suddenly playing the role of tour leader, expounding on Kyoto history, which they’re not that interested in and do not yet feel they have to feign interest. I’ve learned to direct my lectures to their parents, who at least appear interested! It’s a fine line from informing to information overload. Continue reading “Japan: Through A Child’s Eyes”