Japan with kids #10

15 Apr

We loved trying all the various street foods.  The “patat-tornado” was one of the favourites.Dragon, cherry tree and temple all in one photo.  Heian Shrine.  Looks very peaceful in this photo.  But there were about 10,000 people next to me taking pictures and admiring the view.Girls purchased Made in Kyoto purses.  Amazing how a new purse can put a little hop in your step.Every morning the kids walked over to the local playground to mingle with the local children.  They drew together, played football and exchanged chewing gum.  It was a highlight of their day.Preserved veggies in the Nishiki Market in Kyoto.  They look like they’re buried in sand but one man told me it was a sort of rice flour.Kids favorite snack in Japan.  Pickled cucumber on a stick.Babies love Tom.  This one spent half an hour showing him places on the map.These flowers smelled heavenly.Cherry blossom blizzard.Now back to Italy.  We’ll miss Japan and the lovely people who live there.


6 Responses to “Japan with kids #10”

  1. Kat April 16, 2012 at 09:34 #

    the cherry blossom blizzard! could easilly be a mini cartoon series or even a gelato flavor. love it. 🙂 and the potato tornado.. oohoho. this was great. and so cute the baby and Tom. now we have to go visit Japan!

  2. Tom April 19, 2012 at 21:31 #

    thanks so much for the pics of your trip to Japan. Found your site while researching for a summer trip to Japan with my kids(also one plus twins). My excitement is hard to control.
    would love any suggestions you might have of things to see/avoid etc. Cheers!

    • jc April 20, 2012 at 15:48 #

      Hi Tom. Japan with twins seems to be the thing to do these days! Top places to visit for me would be the five lake district (where there are the best views of Mount Fuji) and Kyoto. We spent 6 days in Kyoto and it was worth it. There is so much to see in the city and many beautiful day-trips to do from there. If you’re interested I can send you the site of the house we rented (it was a beautiful traditional Japanese house in the centre and very reasonable priced for Japan). We also stayed in a great hostel in the 5 lake district (K’s House in Kawaguchiko). Let me know if you need any more advice or addresses!

      • Tom April 20, 2012 at 19:04 #

        Definitely interested in link to your Kyoto rental, sure is great to have a base to work from. Also, any suggestions on Tokyo, I have also seen K’s House in Asakusa, any thoughts? Did you find accomodations for 5 to be difficult? Did your kids have any favorites?

  3. classicplay April 20, 2012 at 00:47 #

    Love the gif!

    Brilliant idea about heading to the playground. It’s a great tip to keep in mind when you’re traveling with kids. And yet, I never see it listed on the travel sites. You should write a book. Totally.

    • jc April 20, 2012 at 15:58 #

      One day Nico approached a group of Japanese boys his age and communicated with them through hand signals and after 5 minutes they’d put together a soccer match. They loved it. They were all so excited to have this foreign kid playing with them. Nico sealed the deal by giving them packs of apple pie chewing gum. Nico still talks about his “Japanese friends”.

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