Break Away from Boring Eating Habits at Issian in Seattle

Ever get stuck in a rut? You know, the one where you go to the same places and eat the same food off the menu with each visit? Yeah. Me too. What’s worse is that we are letting Dek get stuck in [...]

Strolling through Seattle’s Japanese Garden on a Sun-filled Rainy Day

  Some days you just can’t stay inside anymore no matter what the weather. A few weeks back Dek and I had one of those days. It had been raining all week. I was getting cabin fever; Dek was [...]

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The Gates of Fushimi in Southern Kyoto with Kids in Japan

Orange, orange everywhere, I hummed to myself. The color was a bit overwhelming, but also mesmerizing. I remember wishing I’d had an orange M&M to compare the color too. Or an orange crayon. [...]

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Follow the Orange Arches of Fushimi Japan

Following our exploration of the Golden Pavilion and Ryonan-ji Temple in northwestern Kyoto, we headed south. What greeted us at our destination was a sight no guidebook could ever fully [...]

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All’s Quiet On The Philosopher’s Walk in Kyoto Japan

It was quiet. Too quiet. Once we left the Silver Pavilion, the crowds thinned out and we were left to stroll a path thousands of people had taken over the years. For this city girl, the quiet is [...]

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Did you know there is an aqueduct in Kyoto Japan?

Imagine my surprise when we were walking down the Philosopher’s Path in the Nanzenji temple grounds and came across an aqueduct. Weren’t they invented by the Romans? Shouldn’t [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Our Little Machiya in Kyoto

Whenever we travel, we try to rent a house or apartment if we will be staying more than a few days. This isn’t always easy, but I try to do it when we can. It is a safe haven from the chaos [...]

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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 [...]

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