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…

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…

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…

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….

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…

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…

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….

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…

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