So I thought I'd do a final blog to recap the last couple days we spent in Japan. On the Friday we hopped on the bullet train and returned to Tokyo. We had to leave our bags at our friends place as we couldn't check into our own place until 5. So we hung out, … Continue reading Final Days in Japan
This morning began like most, eat some breakfast and then off to the train station. The slight twist was today we got to ride the bullet train, or Shinkansen again! It took a quick 30 minutes(felt like less) to get to Kyoto from Osaka. Upon reaching Kyoto we switched trains and headed for the Arashiyama … Continue reading Monkey Business in Kyoto
So this morning, instead of heading to Hiroshima(because our rail passes won't get us there), we zipped over to Nara instead. The city is well-known for the wild deer that are used to humans and will bow to beg for food. The key word here is 'wild'. Anyway, we packed up the kids and hopped … Continue reading Journey to Nara 2018: Prizefight Edition
Today was our first full day in Osaka, after having arrived via bullet train yesterday. We got up, ate, listened to my son melt down about everything(travelling is hard when you're five), and decided on the Aquarium today. The Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan is located near the harbour, and meant taking two trains from our location. … Continue reading Sharks vs Castles: Osaka For The Win!
Today was a busy day. I got up this morning and headed to a Iaido class with my friends Caryn and Dan(she wrote a book and it rules). They are regular participants, whereas I am as green as it comes when swords are involved. I took one fencing lesson in high school and own a … Continue reading Swords, Cat People and Sweets – The Japanese Adventure Continues…
I never thought I'd say these words: I went to a Noodle Museum. No, I am not kidding. Yokohama has a Noodle Museum set up by and promoting the Cup Noodle brand of instant ramen. First off, I initially though this was a joke. Then, when some friends assured me that it was a real … Continue reading Today I went to a Noodle Museum. Yes, that is a thing.
Two days ago my son turned 5. So, taking the opportunity to do something crazy for his birthday(other than taking him to Japan), we took the whole family to Tokyo Disney. The morning began simply enough. We got up with the sun, ate, and made our way quickly to the train station. It was an … Continue reading There Ain’t No Birthday Like a Tokyo Disney Spooky Boo Birthday!
We've made it through two full days in Tokyo now. I honestly have to say that I love this city. We've been able to spend a fair amount of time with some friends that live here, and they've helped us acclimatize to Japan. On day 1 we went and checked out a Buddhist Temple and … Continue reading Temples, Kaiju and Giant Robots
We have embarked upon yet another family vacation! This time my wife and I took our kids, 5 and 7, to the land of the Rising Sun. Other than lack of sleep, the flights were relatively uneventful. We made it in one piece, and because they didn't like them, I got to eat two main … Continue reading Made it to Japan!
My in-laws took us and our kids to Calaway Park last weekend. This amusement park is located on the western edge of Calgary, just off the #1 Highway. They'd had the kids for the previous week and wanted to do something fun for their send off back to Mom and Dad. So, we met them … Continue reading Fun in Southern Alberta: Calaway Park