When we got back from our day-trip to Nara, we went up inside the Kyoto Tower and were able to see a beautiful night-view of Kyoto.
After that we were all pretty tired and just wanted to relax. My sister, her friend, and my nephew had been using our Mister Donut mugs at our home (which we got for free after collecting lots of points). Anyway, they all wanted to go there, so we decided to have donuts for dinner. This might sound strange to some, but it turned out to be a very memorable evening.
Some very nice college students asked us to help them with their speeches that they had written. We said okay and ended up spending about an hour or two (I don't remember exactly how long) reading and editing their writing.
We also talked to them about the important subjects they would be speaking about. One speech was about how you can change PET bottle caps into vaccines for children in developing countries . The other speech was about how to promote the importance of agriculture in Japan and getting young people interested in it. We all had a great time talking with both students, and we learned some important things.
To be honest, when they first asked us for our help, I almost told them that we didn't have time, but I'm glad I didn't.
After lunch in Kyoto we took the train to Nara and thought we would enjoy feeding the deer. They are pretty wild! One stole a piece of paper out of my sister's bag and ate it! It was an advertisement (probably about 25cm long or so) and the deer just kept chewing away until it was all gone -- one centimeter at a time. I wish I had a picture of it doing this, but all we got was it eyeing her purse a little earlier.
It was interesting to see them bow before eating the crackers, but if you didn't give them a cracker quickly enough, they would attack you. It turns out they are not very polite. It was still very entertaining, though.
But then one bit my wife! And then one bit my butt!
Well, until next time...
Our first major trip was to Kyoto. We had an excellent lunch when we arrived. We watched a man make the noodles from scratch through a window of the restaurant. Look at him go!
It was beautiful, and delicious, too!
If you ever go to Kyoto, I highly recommend this restaurant at Kyoto Station. It's called Kineya . It was superb! We enjoyed lunch very much, and then took the train to Nara. We would explore Kyoto the next day.
It has become somewhat of a tradition to have yakiniku (Korean BBQ) with family on special occasions or when we have visitors. Well, my sister, her son, and her friend were visiting Japan, and my brother-in-law invited us all to yakiniku. What a great time and delicious food! I am very fortunate to have such a wonderful family both in the U.S. and in Japan. It was also very nice to meet a person (my sister's friend) who now seems to me like just another member of my family. Here, I caught a few with their mouths open.
Stay tuned for more short blog entries of our trips to Kyoto/Nara, Nagano, Hakone, and little excursions around Tokyo.
I have so much to post to catch up. My sister, her friend, and my nephew were in Japan the last two weeks, and we've been traveling around and doing lots of things. We had amazing weather! They came just after the big typhoon, it was mostly sunny weather while they were here, and now it's the day after they left, and it's raining and a bit cold. Call it luck, or call it a blessed trip for them. Here they are in Hakone with Mt. Fuji in the background (my wife is there, too):
I'll post some of the highlights from the trip in the next few days. Right now, I think I'll take a nap. I'm exhausted from all the traveling!