Our Travels to Kansai, Japan- Tennoji (Abeno, Mio, and Aloha A Hui Hou


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Day 11  Aloha A Hui Hou-Until We Meet Again Before we headed to the station we stopped one last time at Tamare to buy snacks hoping to see the two Ojiji ( grandpas) that had greeted us in the mornings on our way out with “Ohaiyo” and on those evenings we came home before 9:00 … [Read more…]

Our Travels to Kansai, Japan- Nara, and Shinsaibashi


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Day 10 Nara With the trains and subways running again we headed to Nara to visit Kofukuji a World Heritage site and to meet some deer. Now if you’re like me you’re thinking “Aw, deers are so cute! Like Bambi.” Wrong! There is another side to these deers! Buy a stack of deer crackers and … [Read more…]

Our Travels to Kansai,Japan-Earthquake!


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Day 9 Earthquake! While I was laying around checking the itinerary for the day the house befan to sway. The house is near the tracks so it swayed when a train passes by. However this time the swaying got more rocky and it began to bounce up and down. At this point we knew it … [Read more…]

Our Travels to Kansai, Japan-Happy Father’s Day in Umeda


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Day 8 Happy Father’s Day to My husband and Son! Umekita (North Nakanoshima Area) Today we will be traveling to Umeda area to meet my pen friend of thirty years, Chieko and her family.  Chieko has come to visit my family in Hawaii twice. The first time we took her to Polynesian Cultural Center for … [Read more…]

Our Travels to Kansai, Japan-Ebisu Bashi-Suji, and Dotonbori


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Day 7 Check Before You Meet Today we were going to the Osaka Castle area and we were to meet up with two more of our hanai kids who participated in the WAVOC program, Risa, and Mayu who wanted to introduce us to her mom. Risa would be traveling from Tokyo to meet us and … [Read more…]

Our Travels to Kansai, Japan-Kyoto International Manga Museum, Ramen University, and Fushimi Inari


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Day 6 Breakfast Guest Our morning started off with breakfast at home. Our hanai girls Sari and Hikari were coming to join us. Sari was traveling from Tokyo, and Hikari was coming from the southern part of Osaka. They were both participants in the WAVOC program too. Hikari stayed with us and Sari and her … [Read more…]

Our Travels to Kansai, Japan-Universal Studios Japan


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Day 5 It’s day five, we’ve done so much walking my socks have holes in them. No worries though, that just means I need to shop for more, and they have so many cute socks here! Break Today is a break from the cultural sites. When we travel we like to include culture, historical, and … [Read more…]

Elantris


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Elantris By Brandon Sanderson Pages: 555 Genre: Fantasy This is Brandon Sanderson’s first novel that was originally published in 2005, I have the 10th anniversary edition that has 10,000 words of bonus content. In this story Princess Sarene travels to the city of Arelon to wed her husband to be only to learn upon her … [Read more…]

Our Travel to Kansai, Japan-Railways, Arashiyama, and Toei Kyoto Studio Park


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Day 4 Happy 50+ Birthday to Me! Rail System Having been shown how to use the rail system during our previous trip to Tokyo and getting reacquainted with its use in Osaka we were confident that we could get ourselves to Arashiyama in Kyoto. We did make it to our destination, but discovered that we … [Read more…]

Our Travel to Kansai, Japan-Osaka Zoo, Keitakuen, Shinsekai, and Tsutenkaku Tower


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Day 3 We had breakfast at home again, and I realized that I need to study up on reading Japanese Kanji because I couldn’t read the instructions on the bag. Thankfully I had posted my delima on Facebook and one of our hanai kids translated the instructions for us (after we already made the pancakes.) … [Read more…]