Archive for the 'Japan' Category

The Japanese Shopping Ritual

Posted at November 11th, 2005 by cosmo

6 great iPhotos Originally uploaded by Monatopia. You’re looking around a shop in Japan. Any shop, big or small, souvenier or department store, and you find some little treasure that you like. You take it to the cash register. So begins the Japanese Shopping Ritual. First, you are reprimanded for taking something from the display […]

Tokyo: Kawagoe: Kyoto: Hiroshima: Takamatsu: San Francisco!!

Posted at November 9th, 2005 by cosmo

Bringing jet lag to new entertaining lows, we are home. We woke up at 7:30am Tuesday morning, packed, ran around Tokyo, got a bit lost, took an hour-something long ride to the airport, shopped at the duty free, watched three or four movies, ate some really bad airplane food, awarded our stewardess the coveted Bitchiest […]

Bicycles in Kyoto

Posted at October 27th, 2005 by cosmo

Bicycles in Kyoto Originally uploaded by Monatopia. One thing that no one mentioned to me during my inquiries into Kyoto were the bicycles. Most of Japan seemed to be suited to bicycles but Kyoto seemed more suited than most. For about $10 a day you can rent a bike and get to nearly every corner […]

Grrrrr… ummm… yum! Kyo-ryori!

Posted at October 27th, 2005 by cosmo

Grrr… Originally uploaded by Monatopia. OK, I had SUCH a hard time figuring out which image to use for this post. I really suggest you surf over to flickr to look at the rest This was our first kyo-ryori experience, graciously set up by our ryokan hosts at a restaurant called Manshige. Our hosts drove […]

Kyoto Bound

Posted at October 27th, 2005 by cosmo

8 great iPhotos Originally uploaded by Monatopia. Too. Much. Luggage. We left one bag stuffed with CD’s, shopping, and things we just had no idea why we packed in the first place in Tokyo. Yet we still had an embarrassing amount of luggage. Later in the trip we would find out that it was MUCH […]


Posted at October 26th, 2005 by cosmo

6 great iPhotos Originally uploaded by Monatopia. Real life has set in. We have no place to stay in Kyoto. We haven’t made our reservations. We’ve not picked up our rail pass. We spend the morning taking care of business with our fabulous Japanese hangovers. Afterwards we head off to Shinjuku to enjoy our last […]