Monday, 22 February 2010

Beauty Around the Emperor's Palace

So much beauty everywhere. We had to keep looking down and up and around... a visual feast. Firstly these gorgeous manhole covers. Theses are different than the others on a previous post.

These two square concrete covers(I think they are also some type of hole cover) And can you belive it! They have inlay!!! In different colors...

All the trees around the Street area surrounding the Emperor's Garden had these gorgeous Sakura pattern around them.

It was just so wonderful to walk around a find so much beauty everywhere......

Sunday, 14 February 2010

Tokyo Disneyland

My Daughter really enjoyed Disneyland. She went on every ride that was open an as not all rides were open due to the winter season, we just managed to cover what she wanted to see, with the exception of "Haunted Mansion", that was closed for renovation.


The Tea Cup Ride was a favorite for her. I just stood and watched as I had my broken wrist in plaster

The Entrance


We knew which rides were for smaller kids, as they had "Pram Parking" out front.

Haunted Mansion

We managed to spend the whole day there, which gave me lots of brownie points for Gallery visits and Museums and the Emperors Palace.

Thursday, 11 February 2010

The Japanese and their Things of Beauty

I am always amazed at the beauty I have found in Japan. Even on the ground, the Manhole covers have a wonderful beauty and design sense that can only be truly Japanese.

Each different design is from a different area. As I so love things of metal, I was really inspired by these! Wouldn't they make beautiful stepping stones in the garden, or better still, a path to the studio...

The next post will be on the Emperor's Garden ...You should see the manhole covers aroud near the Palace...

Isn't it just wonderful that something we usually step on without thinking, is a thing of beauty in Japan.

Sunday, 7 February 2010

Days 4, 5 & 6 - Sapporo, Hokkaido

Here we are in Sapporo.
We were having such a fantastic time, as there was stacks of snow and the apprentice was overjoyed with finally being in "real"snow.

So, on that first day, as we were returning to our Hotel, as my luck has it, I slipped on this icy road and fell backwards onto my wrist and broke it.... Lucky that it was my wrist and not my head & back, although they are very sore also. I went by ambulance to one of the hospitals and was most impressed by the speed and great way they handled my injury.
the icy road

So, injury aside, we decided to go to a "snow adventure park" instead of trying a one armed ski or an unbalanced snowboarding session at a large resort, as i was only capable of hobbling around...

We ended up going to "Northland Resort", which is just a tad north of Chitose and is a snow fun park for children.

Here is the apprentice doing a bit of 'cross country' while I was sitting watching with a hot cup of coffee.

Thursday, 4 February 2010

I have a broken Wrist

My apologies for not updating our Japan Trip, but I have a broken wrist, and, as I am right handed, I am very slow at left handed typing.

So to all of you who have been reading lately, please be patient, i will update when I am on the plane home and as i have to rest, i will be slowly blogging...

So please keep coming back and checking..


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