Category: Family

  • On the Road

    On the Road

    Day 17 – Sunday, 14 April 2024 Up the next morning in Nara, remarkably not too long after Annabelle, so we set out together for the before-the-boys-are-conscious exploration. A ramble up and down the arcades of Nara’s funky town. A needed toilet break for me led to a conversation with a local, of many years’…

  • On the Bridges

    On the Bridges

    Day 16 – Saturday, 13 April 2024 The first of two days of driving. Silly days, really. Four and a half hours doesn’t seem like much when it’s just a blue line on Google Maps. It’s a lot on the actual road. For those of us in the front seat, with driving and/or navigating to…

  • Idleness

    Idleness

    Day 15 – Friday, 12 April 2024 Finally, a day to do nothing. The road down from the campsite too scary, the distances to everything too far, the lure of bed and book too great. Did nothing. I gather that Anna and the boys went for a couple of walks. Good luck to them, I…

  • Remoteness

    Remoteness

    Day 14 – Thursday, 11 April 2024 The price of getting Anna to agree to a whole week in Tokyo was some time somewhere remote and relaxed. Mission accomplished. She is poorly, so it is only the boys and I that set out on two missions – to grab a handful of things from a…

  • Shikoku

    Shikoku

    Day 13 – Wednesday, 10 April 2024 Seb and I started the day in Hiroshima by ticking off an item on every Australian parent’s to do list: took photo of child in front of Uluru. It’s a wine bar. The rest of the day was taken up with the drive to Shikoku, to our campsite…

  • Solvet sæclum in favilla

    Solvet sæclum in favilla

    Day 12 – Tuesday, 9 April 2024 Our hotel is only two hundred metres from Peace Memorial Park, and there is, after all, only one reason that really puts this small, regional city on anyone’s itinerary, so there is no reason to do anything else first but to take those last few steps of the…

  • Philosophy and Hiroshima

    Philosophy and Hiroshima

    Day 11 – Monday, 8 April 2024 The day started with packing – after five nights our stay in Kyoto ends today. Bags stuffed into the corner, we headed into the city centre and tried to catch a bus but, at approximately noon on a Monday, two turned up with insufficient room for all of…

  • The End of an Era

    The End of an Era

    Day 10 – Sunday, 7 April 2024 We are not done with Pokémon. Seb has seen, on the trains, advertisements for an exhibition leveraging the popularity of the little monsters to showcase the work of leading and emerging artisans in the traditional Japanese crafts, collectively called kogei, including textiles, lacquer work, you name it. It…

  • The Red Gates

    The Red Gates

    Day 9 – Saturday, 6 April 2024 Fushimi Inari Taisha is very, very famous, making any alleged joke that I might insert here about it sounding like one element of a sushi platter fatuous and ignorant. It sits at the bottom of Mount Inari and the path from the temple complex to the top is…

  • Offal and Engagement

    Offal and Engagement

    Day 8 – Friday, 5 April 2024 A day of tourist highlights: the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, the gardens of Okochi Sanso, Ryōan-ji and the golden temple of Kinkaku-ji. I’ll let the photos speak for themselves. After a nap, I set out to poke around the neighbourhood in which we’re staying, just west of Yamashina subway…