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Kyoto – Days 9 to End


Prior to leaving Hiroshima, we toured the Calbee (snacks) plant. What’s unique about these snacks is that many of them have shrimp!  Also, at this particular plant, none of them are fried.  I loved the snap peas snack the best.  I hope their snacks will one day be in America soon.

Like at most places we visited, we wore slippers (gray ones).  Then, when you go to the bathroom, you switch into bathroom slippers (pink ones).  I also switched to bathroom slippers at my host family’s home.

After the tour, we headed off to the train station.  Isn’t this little guy cute? In Japanese you say “kawii” –rhymes with Hawaii. The children learn to take train very young.


Their public telephone doesn’t look like ours, but what’s similar is that people only use it for emergencies since Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 5, 2012 in kids, travel

 

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Tokyo – Days 1 and 2


Despite jet-lag, I’m having a splendid trip.  Here are brief highlights:

En Route:

Bumpy ride, but not bad overall. Kept busy.  Believe it or not, the food was decent and there was plenty of it!  They served shrimp cocktail, salad, chicken with paella rice, fruit, bread, fried rice and more!  The beverages, including beer and wine, were complimentary.  Need I say more?

First Impressions:

The airport was surprisingly quiet and, after getting my luggage, I HAD to check out Japanese toilets!!

It’s recessed into the floor and you use it by squatting, facing the top.

Ah….no way.

I fancied this one. It had BUTTONS!


There was a bidet, spray, and a “flushing sound”, if you absolutely need that sound as you go.

To my complete surprise — it was NOT humid when we arrived at our hotel – about 7:30 PM.  It was a little nippy Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 25, 2012 in travel

 

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Change of Perspective

Thursday afternoon:  “weather forecast for tomorrow morning is 2 inches of snow and icy conditions…”

perspective: “Ah, man, why do I have to live in Michigan with these long winters? Why can’t I live in Hawaii or California or somewhere warm?  It’s March. Shouldn’t the snow stop by now? It’s going to be a bear to drive in that in the morning.”

Friday morning:  “tremendous devastation in Japan; worst quake to hit Japan, followed by a horrendous tsunami.  More tsunamis expected in Hawaii and California…”

perspective: “Michigan’s a great place to live.”

“Perspective is everything. Change your perspective and change your reality.” by Christina W. Baum

 
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Posted by on March 11, 2011 in news

 

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