Posts Tagged ‘ Kyoto Trip ’

A Few You May Have Missed, Part 2.

Some months ago I worked-up a  sort of “Few Posts You May Have Missed” post and promised (perhaps threatened) to do another installment.  This is that.  Before highlighting and linking to those few posts I want to note that I’m finalizing plans for a SMALL GROUP TRIP TO KYOTO THIS AUTUMN.  It’s 90% set and you can see the general itinerary here (or simply look at the top right-hand corner of this page), but I’m going fine-tune it over the coming days and reposting.  Please be on the lookout for that.


A recent post that somewhat came-and-went without much notice was mine on Hotels.  I posted it on this front page back in late April and it didn’t receive much attention.  Several comments, but worth another look.  I think that, all in all, it wasn’t too bad an effort.  Pretty interesting and offbeat, in its way.

Sign in front of a Ueno (Tokyo) hotel.  2008.

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I posted the front pager ノート July a year ago. ノート is “note”, which is Japanese for “notebook.”  I always pick up one of these little things as soon as a get to Japan to make, well, notes in.    Somewhat more personal — for you, who are inclined to do a little spying, to read over the shoulder of a stranger, out there — from the page just below, from an October/November 2003 notebook (that cost me ¥120, about $1.11 in 2003, now at $1.31 with the Dollar’s fall since then) showing some direct quotes from a couple of exhibits at the Museum of Oriental Ceramics in Osaka, those notebooks show more personal goings-on in my day to day activities from years past.  At the end of the day, I’ve got little to hide .

Bad handwriting. But I was standing and balancing this small thing as I wrote.

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Autumn (秋), a front page post from late September last year.  As the temperatures (in mid-June) go from merely sweltering to blast-furnace hot, it may be worth while to recall a cooler season, and to remember that, eventually, it will come again.

Eastern Kyoto.  Near the Municipal Zoo.  November 2009.


Small Group Trip to Kyoto (April ’10)

This will be a brief post.  Just wanting to make a couple of announcements regarding our Spring ’10 trip(s).

* Our week-long trip to Kyoto is still on and I thank all who’ve signed-up, tentatively signed-up and/or who’ve expressed interest.  We’re going to have a blast.

* I’ve extended the deposit deadline a month, to NOVEMBER 16.   Please see the link atop this Front Page for trip details, itinerary, etc.

* I’ve made a command decision and nixed the more ambitious, 2-week, traveling all over the Kansai area of Japan trip . . .  for this year.  This was the one that included Kyoto, Himeji, Kinosaki, etc.  There was definitely interest, but we’ll put that off till next fall or the next spring, o.k.?

UPDATE: Please see new gallery:  “Fushimi Inari”, either by clicking this link, or at the top of this Home Page.

"Torii Tunnel" at Fushimi Inari.  2008.

"Torii Tunnel" at Fushimi Inari. 2008.


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Stone Buddha at Kurodani Temple, Okazaki District, Kyoto.  2007.

Stone Buddha at Kurodani Temple, Okazaki District, Kyoto. 2007.


Wedding Photos.  Niomon Street.  Kyoto.  2007.

Wedding Photos. Niomon Street. Kyoto. 2007.