Category Archives: Japan 12/16

Planes in the rain

Some pretty pictures I took while taxiing around at Haneda International Airport. Time to go home.

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Last minute shopping / eating

Our annual winter trip to Japan is already coming to an end and for the last full day we had some more ‘firsts’: I was not aware that Japan also has outlet malls, not unlike the ones in the US, … Continue reading

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Short trek back to our Tokyo home.

Somehow everything just went like clockwork today regarding our trip back home. We fairly leisurely wrapped everything up and let our airbnb, walked to the bus station and hopped on the next airport ‘limousine’ bus. A gentle and sleep inducing … Continue reading

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More shrines / temples

Our last day of this 3 night Hiroshima trip, but we still managed to optimize the last few hours. First I got up early and ran up the hill behind our house to the Peace Pagoda and marveled at the … Continue reading

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Hiroshima Castle / Science Museum / Tsukemen Ramen

After yesterday’s eventful outing, we slept in a bit and started the day late. But that did not discourage me to get my daily run in somehow. And as we planned our day, it was decided that I run ahead, … Continue reading

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Trip to Miyajima Part 3 (Sunset & Dinner)

After we had returned from the top of the mountain, we were treated to the same scenery we had seen this morning, but in gorgeous sunset lighting. Hiking makes hungry, and there were now lots of interesting food stalls operating! … Continue reading

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Trip to Miyajima Part 2 (Aquarium & Mt. Misen)

Next up was a visit to the public aquarium. Julius loves visiting those. And this was one of the lovelier ones I have been to. Their main attraction is a family of finless porpoise, but theres lots more: local marine … Continue reading

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Trip to Miyajima Part 1 (Deer & Itsukumisha Shrine)

1 hour by train and then 10 minute by ferry away from Hiroshima lies Miyajima Island, and this is a great destination for a day trip. If you have time, maybe even make it 2, but since we had certain … Continue reading

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Trip to Hiroshima

For this year’s side trip, instead of doing onsen in the mountains, we decided to visit Hiroshima. Julius has shown quite some interest ever since he did a presentation on this UNESCO world heritage site back in 4th grade. After … Continue reading

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Königsberger Klopse in Japan!

Ritsu had the great idea that I shall cook her favorite German meatball dish for her mom’s birthday. After I had made sure that I could get everything here, especially anchovies and capers, we got shopping and later Julius & … Continue reading

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5th round Bakatare

We realized today that our possible mealtimes for another Bakatare ramen are already limited, so we managed to squeeze one more in, combining this with shopping for tonight’s dinner which I will cook at home.

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Found TOHO studios!

Beautiful weather today for an extended morning run (9 miles / 14.5km) … all along the Sengawa river. First time I found low hanging tree branches with actual warning signs, and then I found something that reminded my of what … Continue reading

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Hatsumode 2017

Like the last 2 years, we returned to the Omiya Hachiman shrine with our friend Utako, but this was the first time we actually went on the first day of the year, which explained why it was so incredibly crowded. … Continue reading

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Happy New Year !!!

All the best wishes for a wonderful, healthy & spiritual 2017. Be nice to people around you and be gentle with yourself. Meditate. Physical exercise is awesome!

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New Year’s Eve Family Dinner

Excellent sushi!

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