Over the days we've spent in Japan, I can feel more and more of my old Japanese skills trickling back in. It feels pretty good to remember more and more hiragana and katakana, to the point where I can read out most of the hiragana written in advertisements around us. I still cannot recall too much of what the words mean though. I guess if you leave a language dormant for 8 years, that is what happens.Read More..
The goal of today was to find and see the two lesser visited vine bridges in Iya Valley - the Husband and Wife Bridge. We'd read that Iya Bridge was the main tourist attraction, and figured we might have a bit less of a touristy experience if we chose to see the other ones. Pro-tip of the day- When you would like to go see something in Japan, it would be a great idea to look up the name of that thing in Japanese. Why? Let me explain that to you.Read More..
Since my last post, we've been to the Iya valley and Matsuyama on the Shikoku Island, and by Himeji on the way back. We've gotten lost innumerable times, we've crossed the biggest suspension bridge in the world, we've crossed vine bridges by foot (cheaty vine-bidges with wires incorporated), and we've gotten repeatedly stuck in snow.Read More..
Today, we went out with a plan, and actually managed to follow it with only some slight deviations. Probably a first on this trip! We also managed to find all all the people in Kyoto - or close to all the people. It's been crowded today!Read More..
Our room ended up being toasty warm last night. However, sometime during the night, Jeppe got too warm and turned off the climate control. So, by the time we woke up the room was back to very cold = too close to outside temperatures for comfort. I had hidden important bits of clothes under the duvet - hat, gloves and socks. But Jeppe hadn't, so I ended up getting his clothes for him, while he hid under the blankets. I'm so much more wimpy than Jeppe when it comes to being cold, that this is probably the only time I will be able to tell a story about me helping him because he got cold. So I'm officially savouring the moment :-)Read More..
I gave up on writing during the Shinkansen ride, because it turned out to be too fascinating to multitask. I never expected a train ride to be so engrossing. Not so much because of the speed, but more because of the Japanese landscape we got to see. About half an hour before we left Tokyo, some very light snowing had begun. During the first hour of the ride, we moved parallel to the storm, driving into an area with 5-10 cm of snow-fall covering the houses and the ground, and further on where we could see the storm in the horizon. After about an hour we'd moved past the storm, into some beautiful late afternoon sunlight, lighting up the landscape. We got to see mountains, rice fields and cities. The mountainous area between Tokyo and Kyoto seems really green and lush. Read More..
We got up this morning, and packed our bags as quickly as we could. Not to test our speed, but because we had to be out of our hotel room by a specific time, and we had miscalculated the time we needed. Lesson learned, and we made it on time. Just. Read More..
Either we haven't been getting enough sleep, or we're a bit jetlagged. Whatever the explanation is, we've both felt pretty dead on our feet. So, to fix that, we've been sleeping in a bit, and are trying to keep our plans light. But there's just soo much to see in Tokyo, that we keep filling on things. Also, it does not help that we keep getting lost!Read More..