The cherry blossoms were out in Japan but paled compared to the beauty and poise of the women we saw them after we left the temple of Higashi Honganji.
Lucky us, after getting off the bullet train we grabbed our bicycles and toured around the back street of Kyoto.
A highlight of my trip was providing an opportunity for my son and I to take part in the ancient art of Yuzen Dying. This was bought to Japan in the 16oo’s and is still used today to decorate fabric including Yukata and Kimono.
Another highlight of Kyoto was the Manga museum and library. Bashful chose some American contributions to take to the faux grass reading area.
Bashful was starting to get a bit tired so our Ryokan (homestay) accommodation was very welcoming to him.
We leave the very, very beautiful city of Kyoto and my son leaves his new friends. Join us next time for the final part of our adventure, trekking through the mountains of Wakayama with a shopping for gifts stop over in the wonderful Osaka!
Bashful enjoys his first meal in China at the Guangzhou Airport.
Safely arrived in downtown Tokyo and on the way to our hotel Hyatt Regency.
Bashful was a little overwhelmed initially but some familiar objects, well wishing cards and his sleeping rock blanket cheered him up.
Next stop in Tokyo the Miraikan Museum via monorail. I loved this museum and the wonderful focus it has on the hard questions regarding sustainable living for all on our planet. Plus it was HUGE FUN!
Cosplay around the park at Miraikan and then to Harajuku.
VERY cute dogs, many with their own strollers for when they get tired. Bashful and I were getting a bit home dog sick so it was nice to pat the Japanese dogs and chat to them. (with their owner’s permission of course) Kawaii!
A look around Akihabara electric town and then back to the hotel. We planned to get the Bullet train in the morning to kyoto.
Japan was wonderful and we all had fun. More news next time. Now I am checking up to see what everyone else has been doing in Bloggieland.
SURPRISE!! Bashful is going with the gentlestitches crew to China and then Japan!!!!!! He has his bag packed, his paperwork done and is leaving in a few hours.
He will be incommunicado for a couple of weeks but we promise to take good care of him and take lots of pictures. We will be thinking of you so don’t forget about us and we will see you all in two weeks.
Happy Easter season everyone. This Aussie Easter bunny was designed by the fabulous Vanja from AmigurrumiBB and the page with the link for pattern is here. This guy is named Duncan and he is an aussie cousin to Vanja’s bunny family tree. If you want to make one or a whole warren click here.
Bashful is having fun enjoying the Australian Bush but he has a big surprise for you! Check back tomorrow to find out what it is!
I have a pet rock from Georgia, America visiting me. This little rock has had many adventures all over the world and you can read about them here. He belongs to a little piggie called Bacon.
Here he is after a strenuous bicycle ride into town with a stop to see the Melbourne visitor Center next to Federation Square.
No time to rest Bashful! We have a train to catch from Flinders Street Station!
We are getting our copy of the best Australian Fairy Story (actual best fairy story ever) written “Lilly-Pilli’s Sister” written by Anna Bradford, signed by the author herself!
Time to set up the asrc stall which proved very successful. Can you spot our GOOD LUCK ROCK? Read about our success here.
So after all those adventures it is time for some jam bytes, jam courtesy of Booze,Sugar and Spice because we all know Bashful isn’t bashful when offered a drink or two or even three!