Friday, 14 February 2014

January in Japan

Toyo win the Hakone Ekiden

Swan boats on the lake in Hakone
Making miso with Maduka

Squishing the beans for the miso

Squishy, squishy

We get invited for another amazing meal

Snug inside our thatched house in Miyama

Lila in the snow


Making macha

Uma's birthday party

Birthday girl


The loneliness of the long-distance ekiden runner

The Golden Temple

Pancakes in Kyoto!

Tokyo skyline

The colours of Tokyo

Ornamental cabbages

The Miyata homestead in Hyogo

Playing hide and seek

Swings in Hyogo

Playing cars with ojiisan

Uma on the slopes

Lila gets some tips from Max

Sen and Uma hanging out on the piste

Saturday, 25 January 2014

DOLLS by Lila

The dolls photo the knight is the dad and Russian doll is the mum

Wednesday, 1 January 2014


Me, Uma, Ossian and Mummy went on the Shinkansen (bullet train). I got a Manga book.
We had to wait an hour at the station, it was very cold.

Tuesday, 31 December 2013

December in Japan

Kobe skyline
A geisha in Kyoto
Last day at school. Lila with some of her classmates
Uma says goodbye to her class
Matching outfits
Tongue out in concentration as Adharanand leads around the first corner
Ready to open presents on Christmas Day
Christmas Day in the doll's house
Etty at the top of Kanabe Mountain
Snack time on the way back down from Kanabe Mountain
A frosty game of "It"
Pirate ships and Mount Fuji
Lila on the pirate ship
On the last day of the year, finally, we find snow!
Uma works on her masterpiece
The doll's house

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Saturday, 30 November 2013

November in Japan

Lila sets off for a 20km bike ride with two friends

A grey day in Tokyo

Backstreet, Tokyo

About to board the bullet train back to Kyoto

Ossian casually riding a tiger

The bamboo forest

A tiny man

At the summit of Kachenjunga

Stories about Diamond Catchers and Tree People

There's some crazy wildlife in Japan!

Adharanand finishing his first ekiden

Knitting at Max's house in the country

The area is called Miyama, which means Beautiful Mountain

Ossian and Sen play trains in the morning sunlight

Uma looks out

Beautiful Mountain

Morning light

Telegraph poles


Bells in a shrine

Where does this go?

Off into the forest

Look out! The train is coming!

Ossian and Sen hitch rides home

Lila reading on the train

Dolls in the market