Monday, July 13, 2009


The Japanese love using the English language whenever possible.

In Japan, it is not uncommon to see English writing on everything from Billboards to tee-shirts to toothpaste.

The unfortunate problem is that most of the time the English is way off.

Japanglish is one part mixed up translations+ one part Japanese grammar+one part weird pseudo-English. Spoken or read, Japanglish is sure to bring a smile to your face.

I found a great example of it yesterday when I was walking in park in Tokyo. The Japanglish came in the form of a huge sign alerting pet owners about the rules of the park.On the surface the sign looks informative, but take a closer look...Needless to say, I could hardly hold the camera still enough to take this picture...I was laughing so hard.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Just a Few Things

Here are just a few things we have been up to while in Japan

1. Bonding with Great Grandma2. Eating delicious (and cheap) Ramen
3. Hanging out in the middle of the city, late at night, with tons of other people
4. Being silly
5. Seeing the sights of Japan (lie this super old/big Buddha in Kamakura)
6. Hanging with my brother (eating delicious and expensive $600 dinners)
Just a few things...

Friday, July 3, 2009


I saw Fireflies tonight for the first time in my life...
It was really beautiful.

There was a very light rain while we walked through the perfectly manicured Japanese garden. The air was warm and damp and the earth smelled wet and fresh.

The only thing missing was my hubby, HWMNBN...
Unfortunately it was too dark to take any pictures once the fireflies were out.

For that reason, I am really glad that I took some pics before the sun went down.

On our pre-sunset walk, we saw Koi fish,
Two weirdo kids, being silly with their uncle,
Some waterfalls,
A pagoda from the 16th century,
A pretty entrance to a noodle house,
And a very old watermill,
After walking through the garden and before seeing the fireflies, we were treated (by my grandmothers dearest friend, Chono-san) to a very wonderful buffet dinner at the 4 Seasons Hotel.

The dinner cost over $100 per person and it was totally worth it. We ate everything from sushi to noodles to the most succulent beef...

Momo even ate GOLD...
She insisted I take a picture of her eating the gold flakes that topped her chocolate cake...too bad she finished the cake before i could get my camera out!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Big Buddha

We walked all over today and went to many shrines and temples...I'll tell you more about it later...right now, I'm going to bed!