Kyoto and Nara with Japanese friends

We had the wonderful opportunity of joining some dear Japanese friends, Kayoko and Takashi, on a quick vacation to beautiful and historic Kyoto and Nara. We visited Kyoto once before, but this time took the shinkansen, high speed bullet train. I was…

Gion, Kyoto- Geisha district

Gion, Kyoto, is famously know as the geisha district. We spent two glorious evenings wandering around this area on the lookout for geisha. This is really one of the only area’s left in Japan to see working geisha, and even then,…

Magical Kyoto, Part Two

On our second morning in Kyoto, we found this awesome little bakery, right around the corner from our hotel, Boulangerie Shinshindo. Japanese bakeries really do rival their French counterparts, in my opinion. Eva’s breakfast was kind of an eclectic mix…

The ancient Japanese capital of Kyoto- pure magic!

Last week, we took our first road trip to the ancient Japanese capital of Kyoto, which served as Japan’s capital until 1868. This city has so much history, dating back thousands of years, and due to its historic significance, was…