Category Archives: Japan 12/08

24 h of traveling back – at least we got to see Opa again.

Our long travel day started fairly civilized at 7 AM, we had 1 h to get ready, check out, buy some breakfast and catch the bus to the airport. Check-in was a breeze as I had received an online check-in … Continue reading

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Semi last day

Ritsu had a brilliant idea … The Tokyo airport is like 2.5 hours away from Tokyo .. thus, to get our 10:30 flight, we would have had to leave obachan’s place around 6 AM … and .. instead of doing … Continue reading

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Tsukiji double lunch punch – again!

Just like two years ago (and since it was too crowded a week ago) we did the double lunch thing at Tsukiji Fish Market with Utako again … and pretty much exactly the same way … We checked out the … Continue reading

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Rainy Day

Ok, one of 14 days of vacation in Japan in winter can be a rainy day … as long as all other days are full of sunshine. Ritsu was off to renew her driver’s license and me and Julius stayed … Continue reading

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Yakiniku

Technically this is the third time that Julius has been to this Korean BBQ restaurant in Sengawa. But the first time he was still in Ritsu’s tummy, and the second time he was barely 5 months old and was merely … Continue reading

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Lunch at Hakone Yumoto / Chinese dinner

Ritsu and I left Julius with obachan and took a bus to Hakone Yumoto, since they have some nice shops and we read about a good sushi restaurant. Along the main street are many souvenir stores, bakeries, a fish shop … Continue reading

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Pirates of Lake Ashi & the black eggs of Hell Valley

A 20 minute bis ride from our hotel is the northern tip of Lake Ashi, one of the 3 ports where the sight seeing boats dock. And as luck had it, the minute we arrived, one of the pirate themed … Continue reading

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Trip to Hakone

Today we set off for a 3 night trip to Hakone, known for its hot springs and beautiful nature. We took a bus, then train and had fantastic seafood lunch in Odawara. The set menu was 2000Y pp (14 EU) … Continue reading

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Greetings from Hakone

We are spending a few nights in a nice Onsen, take baths twice a day, eat very nice food and did one fantastic daytrip to lake Ashi, up the mountains to Hell Valley to eat black eggs and to see … Continue reading

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Assorted pics of 4/1/09

Ritsu was out for the day for some Onsen fun with Utako .. so Julius and I had the whole day to ourselves: Butter face toast for breakfast. (Butter in a tube .. always amazes me!) Meeting a nice dog … Continue reading

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More fake sledding! This time with girls!

Julius and Ritsu went down again for some more no-snow sledding (while I was out with a bad back) and this time Julius showed his tricks to 2 Indian looking girls (but from what Ritsu tells they were fluent in … Continue reading

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Sales day / Ramen / 3 o-bachans

January 2nd is the beginning of the crazy winter / new year sales season in Japan, so Ritsu and I went to Fuchu (instead the much more crowded center of Tokyo) and did some fantastic clothes shopping for Julius and … Continue reading

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No snow? No problem!

This winter there is no snow here (yet), but Julius created his own sledding fun in a nearby play installation using some cardboard and sand (for extra sliding power)

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Osechi!

Gotta love Japanese new year traditions. We slept in some and had nice osechi for late breakfast. Again very diverse and colorful. Julius was very fascinated, especially by the little fishies.

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Hatsumode @ Kasumine Jinja ’09

Just like four years ago and while Julius was sleeping with o-bachan, Ritsu and I set off to re-visit the neighborhood shrine we had been to before (Kasumine, 35° 39.003′ N, 139° 34.983′ E). We first got lost somehow (we … Continue reading

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