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... direction as it would make it easier to walk that way. He chose north; I believe because he was fascinated by the swan paddle boats docked in that direction. A pirate ship was also pulling in. Will ran over and ripped off his jacket. I was confused until I realized he was revealing his pirate ship sweatshirt. Luckily, it was warming up and he could lose the layer.
We wandered along the trail enjoying the patches of fall colors as well as the huge cedar ...
... change into our yukata (light weight summer kimono) and contemplate the public baths. After reading the instructions for the bath, including no use of the baths following the consumption of alcohol, no swimming in the baths and no washing your underwear I rule out the public nakedness. That evening, adorned in our yukata and old man slippers, we head to a private dining room for traditional Japanese cuisine known as kaiseki, which refers to ...
... we found a walking path lined with ancient cedar trees that took us along the lake. It felt nice being out of the hustle and bustle of Tokyo and back into nature. The path took us to the next small town called Hakone Machi-Ko. We headed into a park once we got there that had great views overlooking the lake and Mount Fuji. We were very lucky that the mountain was visible because on a normal day it is covered in clouds. The park was the site of an old palace garden and was ...
... our 'regional' train to Hakone. From the station it was about a half hour drive to the cable car, not unlike driving the windy roads of Mt Buffalo. Unfortunately the cable car was not running but we were happy with our day's activities. First to the shrine where the cedar trees were huge. After wandering through the main hall we were fortunate to see a traditional wedding party and then some cute little kids all decked out in traditional garb. Kaoru explained that at age 3 both ...
Really, this blog is about much more than just fish and Fuji. It's been a busy week: read on for stories of panda bears, stately forests, ancient temples, sumo wrestlers, lots of rain, confusing trains, and, yes, big fish and a big mountain.
Last Saturday was a day to visit the Ueno Zoo, not far from where we were staying in Tokyo. One of the main attractions for us here was the chance to see panda bears, something we haven’t had ...