Kyoto Kinder and Garden Gran Kidnap

3rd day in Japan. 1st day of Youchien (Kindergarten). Can’t be that different from nursery, right? Well, I wasn’t right. Same age kids, sure, but a very different experience.     The first half an hour was…well, I don’t really know – I got told which class (white rabbit class), said ‘hi’ to the teacher,…

Falling in Love with Arashiyama

Finally, a decent sleep. After the previous 24 hours of travelling, it was sorely needed. I woke up with the anxieties of the previous night swallowed up in the excitement of simply waking up IN JAPAN! Invigorated by thoughts of how I would spend my first free day in Kyoto, the city of my dreams…

A Long Journey for a Dreary Welcome

1 BUS. To Birmingham New Street. 1 TRAIN. Birmingham New Street to International Station. 3 PLANES. 15 hours. Birmingham to Dusseldorf, to Tokyo, to Osaka. 1 COACH. Osaka Itami Airport to Kyoto Station. 1 MORE TRAIN. Kyoto Station to Enmachi Station. Kyoto: 20:30, 27th June 2016. Weather: heavy rain. I arrived at Kyoto Station late, with…

Kyoto Station

Kyoto Station is said to be for the lovers. After seeing the grand, modern station, its terraces, shops, skyway and stunning views, I can see why. And, there were indeed many lovers to be found, sitting on the immense stairway, chatting on the terrace or just quietly enjoying the views and the peace. Kyoto is a…

Kyoto Skyway

  The Skyway is a walkway high up at the modern train station of Kyoto, giving north-facing views across Kyoto. From this viewing platform, open until 10pm, you can easily catch beautiful views (and photos) of Kyoto Tower, surrounding temples, and the surrounding hills further away. Kiyomizudera can even just about be seen in the eastern…

Song of the Kamogawa (鴨川の歌)

泣 Wide River chitters and trees chirp. Awake from thirteen year sleep long, Semi begin their one week summer song.                                                                                             Ringing. Crying. 歌 River’s stones bare children’s feet. Dancing, hot below sun’s summer face, Cool ‘gainst River’s fleeting embrace.                                                                                                Laughing. Singing. ため息 North hills look and bake. Bright greens fade to whites and…