Category Archives: Japan 12/15

Time to leave

Since we had the 9AM flight again, we got up early (4AM) to finalize packing and then left with 3 big suitcases for the train station, which is a 1.5km walk. We were aiming for the 5:51 train, but we … Continue reading

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One last ramen …

Soon our winter vacation is over and tonight marked the last bowl of our ramen marathon. 7 times we went, every time it was delicious and the people behind the counter must have really wondered just HOW ramen-crazy we are … Continue reading

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Inkashira Zoo with Obachan

Last full day and with the parents busy with last minute things, Obachan took Julius to Inokashira Zoo, where we have been before a few times. Julius especially likes the petting zoo:

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Onsen trip is over

After 2 nights and many many baths (and way too much good food) it was time for us  to wait for the bus at the bottom of that 365 step stair case. Our punctual and reliable JR Express bus showed up … Continue reading

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Strawberry picking in winter

One local attraction here is strawberry picking from vertical planter contraptions in green houses. In summer they supposedly also have all kinds of farm animals and experiences. I think this is a great diversion for city kids. Julius loved it!

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Breakfast #2

This time even some nattō, one of the few Japanese food items I just can’t get a hang of it. From wikipedia: “Nattō may be an acquired taste because of its powerful smell, strong flavor, and slimy texture.”

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Observations

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Onsen Dinner #2

Second night, second dinner, again very plentiful and hard to describe exactly what is what, for now feast your eyes:

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Hot Water!

The main reason for those onsen trips: The hot natural, mineral water to bathe in! Julius is very well versed in all the customs and by now he goes to the bath all by himself when he feels like it … Continue reading

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Exploring Ikaho

After sleep, food and bath (and also because they closed the baths for cleaning) we ventured out to explore Ikaho. The main attraction is the 365 stone step stair case. Like every other place, they have a mascot here and … Continue reading

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Breakfast!

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Trip to Ikaho Onsen

Like every Japan trip, we are doing a little onsen trip as well. This time to Ikaho, which happens to be very close to Kosatsu, where we were last time. We took the JR Expressbus from Shinjuku, very organized and … Continue reading

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Again! (Ramen #6)

After a very looong day with lots of walking, we were very hungry and had neither idea nor energy to come up with anything fancy to cook / eat … sooo … it has been a while (last year 😉 … Continue reading

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Vinyl Shopping in Shibuya

Unless you have been living under a rock / mountain made of CDs, you might have noticed that vinyl records are making a comeback. In fact, they might be replacing CDs … I have not bought a CD in ages. … Continue reading

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Hatsumode 2016

Just like last year, we met up with our friend Utako and visited the Omiya Hachiman shrine, but this time Julius came with us. We did our usual rounds of washing hands, saying prayers and getting our fortune dolls (and … Continue reading

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