Yakisoba, Hot Plates and Baby Fingers in Kyoto Japan

My son constantly surprises. Some days he will eat only bread, the next he wants only meat. When we were in Japan, he changed his mind every hour it seemed. We happened upon a little okinomiyaki [...]


Family Time at the Golden Pavilion and Ryoan-ji Temple in Kyoto Japan

Family time for us means just that. We are a family. Mike and I work hard. Mike especially. He does not get to see Dek and I that much during the week when he is working late nights at the end of [...]


The Silver Pavilion in Kyoto Japan is Missing its Silver

At the top of the Philospher’s Path in Kyoto is the Silver Pavilion (Ginkakuji Temple.) We took the #5 bus from our little machiya (townhouse) to get up to the pavilion and then work our way [...]


There Are No ATMs in Kyoto Japan unless You Know Where to Look

Before you jump all over me, I seriously did think that there were no working ATMs in Kyoto. I had stocked up on cash when we were in Osaka. When I went to get more cash out of the ATM in Kyoto [...]

Sometimes the rocks of Nijo Castle in Kyoto, Japan are the best part

Dek found a new passion in Kyoto. Rocks. I mean really, who needs hundreds of years of history, palaces, gardens and temples. My boy had pebbles of every shape and size. The rock switch first [...]


Skipping the Royal Treatment at the Imperial Palace in Kyoto Japan

Being a mom, I have to make a lot of tough decisions. What should Dek eat? What can he play with? How do we react when he is being crazy? This is never so true as when we travel. I still deal [...]


Where to find the best desserts in Kyoto Japan

Before I left for Japan, I got in touch with Kristina at Wired2theWorld.com. She had just gotten back from Tokyo and Kyoto. I wanted to get a few food suggestions from a true foodie. She is also [...]


Just Desserts at The Lipton Tea House in Kyoto Japan

As we strolled down Shijo-dori in Kyoto one night in mid-May, I stopped dead in my tracks. There was a window display of the most decadent desserts I had seen so far in Japan. Cream puffs! Earl [...]


Kid-Friendly Eating in Japan

It may sound crazy, but my 21-month-old son cannot get enough Japanese food. In China, Dek barely touch anything other than bread and watermelon. Before we left for Asia he hardly ate rice, let [...]

A Rainy Day in Gion with Kids while traveling in Kyoto Japan

For whatever reason, I never check the weather when we are on vacation. I just assume it will be blue skies and sun no matter what. I’m on vacation after all. Nothing should ever go wrong (yes, I [...]