April 2010 Blog Entries

Published: April 24, 2010
April 24th: I waited until I had finished all my travel posts to write this letter of thanks to my "host family" in Japan. I wanted to be sure I remembered every wonderful day, while it was still fresh in mind. Thank you letters always seem... read more
Published: April 23, 2010
April 8th: At 4:30 a.m., I get up to ensure that everything is ready to go for the limousine bus coming at 6:30 a.m. to take me to the airport. I'm headed back to Japan on an ANA (Asian National Airways) flight, and then tomorrow, back home.By now... read more
Published: April 22, 2010
April 7th: I began my Google search for the Bruce Lee statue in Hong Kong while eating breakfast. It took about 5 seconds to find out everything I needed. On Wikipedia, I read "Hong Kong gave honour to "Chinese film's brightest star of the century... read more
Published: April 19, 2010
April 6th: I sleep in a bit, which these days means getting up around 8 a.m. Then I order breakfast in my room (I usually don't, as I think it's overpriced. But the buffet here, from what I can see, is no comparison to the buffet in Japan, so now... read more
Published: April 17, 2010
April 5th: I'm on the ANA (Asian National Airways) plane to Hong Kong, a 4 hour flight. Unable to sleep, I take advantage of the extensive movie selection and watch "It's Complicated," a great 50-something movie starring Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin... read more
Published: April 15, 2010
April 4th: The Chiba family wanted me to have a taste, not only of the different hotels in Japan, but something of the history as well. Thus they planned, not only the tour of the Imperial Villa at Katsura (which I did know something about), but... read more
Published: April 15, 2010
(Yoshimasa-san, Mari, and me, at the French restaurant where Fumi-san had planned his surprise birthday celebration.)April 3rd: Ever since my trip to Itoya in the Ginza district of Tokyo, I've been hankering to visit some Japanese stationery shops... read more
Published: April 12, 2010
Pictures: (1-3) Sign at the second traditional hotel where we stayed; (4-6) View from/in the room; (7,8) The Japanese "Denny's"; (9,10) Saturday morning wake-up; (11) Our hosts bid us good-bye.April 2nd (cont.): Before leaving to visit the... read more
Published: April 12, 2010
April 2nd: We awakened to our beautiful quarters, and enjoyed the breakfasts pictured two posts back. In Japan, the custom is to shower first, and then soak in the tub, for relaxation only. At Hiiragiya Bekkan, this was taken to an even more... read more
Published: April 11, 2010
Nighttime in Kyoto: After we checked into Hiiragiya Bekkan on April 1st, Fumi-san took Kentaro and I via cab to the local Buddhist temple. Fumi-san has a very lovable, outgoing personality. She just naturally brings out the best in everyone.... read more