Category Archives: Japan 2019

Sakura – cherry blossom season

My memories of Japan will all be graced with images of trees covered in pink and white cherry blossoms, sakura in Japanese. We were so lucky to visit at this time and in a year when the blossoms are remarkably pretty and long-lasting.

Our first few days in Tokyo, Continue reading Sakura – cherry blossom season


The Konbini – your ally in Japan

In Japan, the konbini is omnipresent. On this trip, it provided us with meals, beer and snacks. If we’d needed, we could have gotten wine, umbrellas, lottery tickets, cigarettes, a white dress shirt or tooth paste. Manga porn is on offer along with all the other magazines. It’s also where we discovered the strawberry and whipped cream sandwich – which we didn’t try. We relied on it for our travel-sustaining coffee.

The konbini is a convenience store on steroids, the ultimate multi-service store. Continue reading The Konbini – your ally in Japan

Finding the best restaurant in Hiroshima

Sometimes, luck yields the best experiences. On our first night in Hiroshima, we looked for a restaurant by walking along the main street near our rented house in a residential neighbourhood. Several blocks from home, I looked through the window of a small narrow restaurant and made eye contact with the chef, to the surprise of both of us. The place looked inviting but we walked a few more blocks before deciding to go back and have supper there. Continue reading Finding the best restaurant in Hiroshima


I really enjoyed Hiroshima. It’s a friendly, active town, although it’s a city of over a million people. Most tourists come here on a sort of pilgrimage to the site where an atomic bomb was used for the first time against humankind on August 6, 1945.

That’s the reason we came, too. Patrick, Ken and I spent the better part of a day exploring Peace Memorial Park. Continue reading Hiroshima

Hello from Tokyo, Japan

Yup, only 4 ½ weeks after our last trip, Ken and I are in Japan. We are here to discover a new country and to visit with our son, Max, who has been here for more than a year teaching English as a second language in a city on the west coast. After our long flight from Ottawa via Toronto, we landed in the early evening at Haneda airport, one of two airports serving Tokyo.

All we had left to do was to find our accommodations for the coming week, an apartment near the Akihabara neighbourhood. Continue reading Hello from Tokyo, Japan