Tuesday, July 08, 2008

J for June and Japan

Wow!! I can't believe that I didn't even post one time in June. Where in the world did the time go. I mean, I know I was busy traveling and doing "end of school" stuff with my kids, but really ..... There's been so much happening that I don't even really know where to start.

We went to Japan. My DH needed to go for work so we extended the time he was there and my kids and I went with him. We had never been before and it was a real adventure. Not many people spoke English, there were lots and lots of people in Tokyo and during the week we were the only "foreigners" on the trains. We definitely stuck out!!

Of course I had to do some craft shopping. There was an amazing store called Yuzawaya in Tokyo with many different buildings and many floors in each building. A crafters paradise!! I found some fabric, though they were only in small pieces, some yarn called Diaexceed (silk, mohair blend), and a Let's Knit Series Summer 2008 knitting pattern book.

When my DH was working my girls and I went to the Imperial Palace's East Garden. All the iris' were in bloom and it was so pretty and peaceful. An oasis in a very busy and crowded city!

And we got to experience the "Japanese Toilet". Hmmm ... I don't think my kids were to impressed that they needed to squat --- make sure your clothes are out of the way too!! LOL!!

We then went to Kyoto for a few days. We took the "bullet train" Nozomi. It went really fast and was expetionally comfortable compared to the airplane we took over there! We explored a few temples and did a lot of walking.

When we had checked the weather forcast before we went it was supposed to be cloudy and rainy the whole time we were there so I didn't bring any sunscreen. Luckily for us the weather was the complete opposite, but it was a challenge to find sunscreen there. Nothing is in english .... so you really didn't know what you were getting!! We did finally find some though so I didn't burn to a crisp.

We had a really good time and I would go back to explore more of the countryside and smaller villages!

I have some FOs (finished objects) to show you but I will do that next time! Hopefully in the next week or so :)


Sandy said...

Man....had a really hard time getting your comment area to open on this blog..no idea why. Tried it 5 or 6 times. Closed your blog and started over mutliple times, finally I did a right click to open link to get this spot to type.

You've been busy! Japan is not on my list of places I'd like to visit, though a friend of my daughter has visited there a half dozen times and absolutely loves it. He took Japanese and was quite good with the language. Think he actually went to school there for a while and now is a translator somewhere for the government.

Looks like and sound like you and your family had a great time. How long were you there?

The Temple is beautiful, as is the gardens; both something I would enjoy. Iris's are some of my favorite flowers. Have dark purple double ones that line my back yard and they were extra pretty this year. Always hate to see them come to the end of their blooming time.

I'm envious of your craft buildings, sounds awesome!

The toilet thing....ewwwwwww. I remember seeing a picture of once before. How does one keep their clothes up off the floor? Once again seems more of an issue for the women than the men as often bathrooms are. I'm also wondering about people with bad knees, arthritis, wheel chairs etc. how do they negioate those things being so low to the floor?

Like you, I've been traveling. Hubby on business, and I joined him after his work part was done. Last 3 blog posts contain vacation pics.

Next up...girley time. I'm heading out in about a week for some time with my daughter, and after that, family vacation.

Swing in for a visit, and be sure to post pics of your FO. I've got lots in the making but...need to get some finsihed.

Have a good day,

solje said...

Wow! How exciting! If Kevin ever gets a business trip opportunity to a place like Japan, I am also going to take advantage and create a family vacation out of it too :-) I'm glad everyone had a great time, and to go during a non-touristy time, how fun!