Japan Japan Part 6 Osaka and home

Japan Part 6 Osaka and home

I hate last days of any holiday; there is that thought of the mundane life back home and the fear that you will miss that one special thing that makes your trip memorable. Rising to the sound of the birds chirping and nestling into Elena, we rose slowly together, neither of us really wanting to …

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Japan Japan Part 5 – Temple time in Kyoto

Japan Part 5 – Temple time in Kyoto

Dawn, it’s a mystical beast that robs you of your deepest dreams. I dare not wake the little sleeping Giant next to me… Oh well it’s a holiday and we can’t miss a moment. I donned my Kimono and carefully drew back the curtains. Light pierced the room turning night into day in an instant. …

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Japan Japan Part 4 – Exploring Kyoto

Japan Part 4 – Exploring Kyoto

From the end of the Nara Period (794), Kyoto has functioned as the crossroads of Japanese history. From its beginnings as the Kunikyo and Nagaokakyo settlements until the Emperor moved to Tokyo in 1868, it was the capital of Japan for over 1000 years. Even today, Kyoto is the cultural center of Japan, and continues …

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Japan Japan Part 1

Japan Part 1

Land of the rising sun Once again Elena plans a trip so well in advance and you would expect that if such a trip was planned so far ahead then nothing would possibly go wrong. But let’s wind back the clock a few months. First there was a change of job for me. This came …

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