We’re recovering and returning to routines after our jaunt to Japan. With so much to show and tell, I’ve narrowed it down to a child’s-eye view of our trip for now.
Everywhere we went, local people expressed their delight at our two boys with cries of “Kawaii! Kawaii!” (emphasis on the “eee!” at the end… it means cute, adorable). I was often astonished at the source of the attention: tough looking guys, teenaged boys, gruff old folks.
A Japanese icon: the “Temple of the Golden Pavilion,” or Kinkaku-ji, in Kyoto. It’s the most photogenic scene I’ve ever laid eyes on and it seems to have mesmerised the little guys, too.
Small encounters with nature: a green beetle in Ueno Park…
…pine cones and tiny flowers in the gardens of the Kyoto Imperial Palace.
There’s always something to celebrate in Japan. We enjoyed parades, carnivals and fetes.
Above, inside the belly of Pikachu. Below, some old fashioned, hand-made pinball style games.
Whenever possible, the kids ditched the stroller and went wandering. Here they are with ceremonial sake barrels near the Meiji Jingu Shrine in Yoyogi Koen.
It was an incredible and memorable trip, and still the most simple pleasures– like a run in the park– were what the children valued the most.