Saturday, April 18, 2015

Kimono Pink Saturday

The color isn't quite pink, but the theme is cherry blossoms. Saturday is actually moving to a close -- it's late in the afternoon in Tokyo -- and I can't link to my friends at Pink Saturday. But I still have been on the lookout for pink treasures to share. I saw these beauties at the Tokyo National Museum this morning and enjoyed seeing great works of Japanese art. I can't think of a better way to spend a perfect spring day.

This is my last full day in Japan, a visit that has gone by in what seems a second. Tomorrow morning I leave for South Korea and new adventures.

As always, thanks for visiting. 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Mt. Fuji in the Morning...

...Followed by Tokyo in the afternoon. It's hard to believe I'm in the same country, only about one hundred miles apart. In some ways I feel I've returned to New York. The city is big, crowded and in constant motion. I'm looking forward to exploring Tokyo, though two days will barely begin to give me a sense of the city.

As ever, thanks for visiting and for joining me on my Japanese adventures.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

It's Not All Cherry Blossoms

 So far I've posted pictures of the most sublime sights, gardens and exquisite temples and lots and lots of cherry blossoms. But a country is more than the sublime. There are things that veer completely in a different direction. So, I give you the wasabi KitKat.

Wasabi is a spicy horseradish type root, very popular in Japan as a condiment. I'm a horseradish fan, but I wasn't ready to buy a package of eight KitKats. But you can be sure the minute I see just one for sale, I'll be trying this delicacy, and I will report back on my experience. 

We've left Kyoto and are staying in Hakone, a town known for its hot springs tonight. I'm looking forward to a visit to the baths in our hotel after dinner. On to Mt. Fuji tomorrow morning and then to Tokyo later in the day.

As ever, thanks for visiting. Take care and have a wonderful Wednesday!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Cherry Pink

Sometimes I get an idea in mind and it stays and stays. One of the ideas that has stuck with me for the last thirty years is seeing Kyoto during the cherry blossom season. It's approximately the second and third weeks of April, but, like so many things, it depends on the weather. 

A lot of the blossoms are now petals in the wind, but there were enough to give me the vistas I had dreamed of. I have a number of cherry blossom pictures I will share in the coming weeks, but this picture taken at Nijo Castle, the Shogun's residence in Kyoto, is one of my favorites. 

Despite lots of rain, a soggy Buttercup is so enjoying Kyoto. Tomorrow we leave for Hakone and then to see Mt. Fuji on Thursday. I wish all of you could join me.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Welcome to Japan

After two very uneventful flights and over a day in transit I am in Osaka, enjoying the Sheraton's wi-fi. I had the gift of travel gifts, three seats in my row all for me, watched two movies and four episodes of "House of Cards" and was served two meals and a snack. I'm settling in and relaxing dora little while and then I'm exploring the department store next door to the hotel. I've had great recommendations about Japanese department store dining and will have dinner there. 

While waiting for my tour group to meet up with our guide I was interviewed by a crew from Japanese television who asked what I was most interested in seeing during my visit. Definitely, the cherry blossoms in Kyoto, though I know there will be many other things that will make memories.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Bon Voyage

I realize the person who is traveling doesn't say bon voyage, but those are the words going around in my head.  I leave early, early tomorrow morning for two weeks away, mostly in Japan, but with four days in South Korea, too. I am nervous and excited, my usual mix before "big" trips, and this qualifies as a big trip. I'm on a tour, so there's a lot less to worry about, but I am still running through all kinds of worries -- am I packing the right clothes, for example -- that I usually have before travel.

I hope to post every few days, but knowing that portable electronic devices can be very temperamental -- my iPad froze during last summer's vacation -- that may not be possible. The easiest way to keep in touch is  Facebook.  If anyone would like to keep in touch that way, the link goes to my page. I hope to take lots of pictures and also hope that the cherry blossoms are in full bloom in Kyoto.

Until I'm back, bon voyage and take good care!