At 4AM our Apple Watch alarms went off. But I had been awake since 3AM. It was eclipse day and we didn't want to get stuck in traffic on the drive north!
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I've probably seen over a hundred rockets launch into orbit and beyond: on video. None of that prepared me for what it is like to experience a launch in real life...
Our three-week stay in Kyoto felt less like a "vacation" and more like simply "being there". Which was the point...
Our last evening in Kyoto we went for a walk after dinner, as we often do.
I didn't try to count them. But today I definitely saw enough torii to last me for a lifetime. The Fushimi Inari-taisha shrine on Inariyama hill just south of downtown Kyoto is famous for its vermillion-colored torii gates, which number anywhere from 4,000 to over 30,000 depending on which source you choose to believe. After walking the entire … Continue reading A Thousand Torii…Or Were There Thirty Thousand?
For our last day in Kyoto we decided to go see the Katsura Imperial Villa which contains some of the finest gardens and traditional structures in Japan. I had checked the the online information and found that tours were "first come first served". The crosstown Hankyu Kyoto subway line made it easy to reach the Katsura station and from … Continue reading A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Katsura Imperial Villa…
The mountain looked very high. Though the cheery route map at the trailhead appeared to indicate that small children regularly raced to the top.
Our good hiking friend Aki recommended that we visit the Mimurotoji Temple in Uji, a short train ride to the south of Kyoto. He said that in early June the temple's famous hydrangea garden (in Japanese, aijisai) would be in bloom. He was right!