The “Holiday” Part 2

The last time we blogged about holidays in Japan with infants, we painted a scene of adventure laced with chaos. We learned a lot, and decided to have a second crack at it. Here is our story, for anyone looking to tip over the horror-pleasure cusp point and see the promised land of enjoyable holidays with…

The “Holiday”

Travelling home from our “holiday”/adventure to the snow, we looked at each other and I asked, ‘do you think it was a success?’ to which Bede responded, ‘yes, I already only remember the good bits’. And there you have it, the essence of travelling, or perhaps travelling with kids; for all the challenges and obstacles…

The ‘areas of improvement’

Neatness, order and presentation. It could well be the mantra of Tokyo. The places, the processes and the people all fit the description (with the exception of the faces pressed up against the window on the train – needs must I suppose). Neatness, order and presentation all in fact, at the expense of other desirable…

The language the natives use

Well, I did it. おわりました。Japanese school is finished. Let me be clear – I still do not understand Japanese, only a bit. あまりわかりません。 Learning a language is like knitting. Seems to me that Natalie can knit anything she wants, but it was not always that way. The appeal first struck her with friends (Chelsea I…

The Apartment

Setting up home is always an equally exciting and daunting prospect to me. The opportunity to start afresh seems to offer hope. That same hope I often feel at the start of a new year; a chance to clear the slate and start over. (Read: a chance to make my place impossibly ordered with the furniture…

The Tokyo breakfast rush

Every morning, for a few hours, chefs do their best with the ingredients that they have to make a stable dough. Usually, there will be enough ingredients and preservatives to prevent an unstable dough and resulting bad tasting soggy bit. A Tokyo style stable dough would be considered too hot in some parts of the…

The grill gods

Imagine this: up in the heavens somewhere the gods are arguing about who is most able to please the human taste buds. Leek god makes a valiant claim; squid and duck gods scoff. Onion god is quietly confident. Before prawn god starts getting violent with his tail, potato god suggests a competition. They agree on…