Japan Baby, JAPAN!

We made it to Japan, FINALLY! And I’m not saying that because the flight was endless, which is wasn’t really even though it felt like it at times, but because Japan was the whole trigger for this adventure we’ve been on for the past five years. When we decided to go traveling for a few months (HA!) the original idea was to end the trip with an extended stay in Japan. Sadly our first attempt was thwarted by mother nature in 2011 but maybe it’s even better now that we can take Small Paw along since she’s already bagged us many smiles with her blue eyes and goofy grin.

But let’s start at the beginning, the flight. Of course we were a bit worried how she’d handle it but we needn’t have really because like everything else we’ve thrown at her, she just rolled with it.

She slept for three hours in Fa’s arms and nursed on a pretty continuous schedule but there was very little screaming or crying so overall a good flight.

We arrived in Osaka in the morning but with the taxi ride to Kyoto and all it took us until early afternoon to finally get to our house in the Higashiyama part of the city. (Also, street addresses are incredibly vague in this country so even though our driver had a map and Japanese instructions on how to get here he wasn’t *quite* sure where to drop us off. Crazy…)

First order, after a bit of napping, some shopping to feed ourselves. Oh fun! Here are a few impressions from that first evening at home:

The next day brought beautiful sunshine which in turn helped to warm us up a little. (It’s a lot colder than we had thought. More about that later…) We walked around a few temples close to our house and slowly meandered downtown to one of the main shopping streets so we could get a feel for both the new and old part of the city.

Also, our first encounter with the washing machine. After some brilliant sleuthing from Fa with Google Translate, we got the thing going and our clothes clean and dry. A miracle.

One Response to “Japan Baby, JAPAN!”

  1. Martha says:

    It looks really pretty there! Small Paw must be a huge hit with the locals 🙂

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