23 March 2009

Excitement Rising!

I am off on my wanderings again soon and am getting excited - OK I have been excited for quite a while.....



The little ninja that is accompanying me was made by my friend Kirsty (thanks Kirsty) and comes from the book Creepy Cute Crochet - the cutest crochet projects - now I just need to learn to crochet!

If anyone has any tips for my travels then please do let me know - I will visit Kyoto, Nara, Hiroshima, Takayama, Matsumoto, Yudanaka (where I will go visit the snow monkeys) , Tokyo and Kamakura!

21 comments:

amy said...

GAH! so excited for you@

Tangara said...

make sure u take your best socks. no holes!

Turning Japanese said...

Don't take any socks... Japan sells THE BEST socks. My trip in September, I bout 36 pairs!

I am happy to give any advice. Used to live there (2 years)... Been to all those places. I have just been to Takayama.

I am very jealous!

ingrid said...

Wow! Lucky you! I'm super jealous :)

nicolette said...

Hope you’ll have a wonderful Japanese woollie wandering!

Gina said...

Wow! have a wonderful trip.

lykkefanten said...

oh my... am I envious or what! ;)
Go to the emperor's garden (tokyo)... it's very beautiful and tranquil and very very needed in the middle of the busy capital! ;)

Thimbleanna said...

Ohmygosh -- that is beyond exciting!!!! Have a wonderful trip -- when do you leave?

Bethany Hissong said...

I love your little ninja!!! And crocheting is so easy compared to knitting! You could learn before you go! It's only one hook, for heaven's sake!!!! ;) I think I'm almost as excited as you are for you to go!!! I think you should take an extra bag just so you can buy all the great things you'll find!!! And you HAVE to look for a kokeshi!!!

Louise said...

Bon voyage! have a fabulous time, I can't wait to hear all about it when we're both back :)

kiko said...

Have a great trip!! I hope you get to visit Ryoanji (that's the famous rock garden). It's very peaceful there. Be careful so you don't get mugged by those monkeys. I remember going to visit snow monkeys and we (people) had to stand in a cage to watch them otherwise they steal your purses etc.....and remember, you don't need to tip anyone in Japan :) and you should definitely visit a good Muji shop. Bon Voyage! Cant wait to see the pics!

Anonymous said...

The BBC have recently had a Japan season and some of the programmes have beed absolutely delicious.

One that was both interesting and lovely was a man's search for Wabi Sabi. However, he stayed with a Japanese family through an agency that found 'homestay' places. I think that would be so cool - the people spoke English well and were interesting - and - more importantly interested in foreigners. I would certainly do that. I've stayed with families in France and Spain and it has been amazing. To experience the 'real' Japan - wow!

Anne said...

I am so jealous, but I can't wait to see your pictures, I know they will be beautiful.

Heidi said...

Let me ask my husband. He lived there for two years, but it was awhile ago.

Kate said...

Oh - I am more than a bit jealous, but I know you will post great photos for us!

amanda said...

i happened upon your blog, and it's great.

i went to japan a couple years ago, and one thing i recommend is a japan railpass. it's only sold to visitors to japan, and you pay for given period of time that you will use it. basically, it allows you access to all the trains just by flashing the pass. you don't have to mess with buying a ticket at a bunch of stops and waiting in long lines. you get a special line to just walk right thru. i don't think you can use it on the bullet train, but the other trains are great. also, having that pass saved me time in between trying to figure out where i was going. very few signs (if any) are in english, and the connections are very quick. trust me. it's for the best.

shisomama said...

I am tortured! MOANING! with jealousy. Japan is one of my all-time favorite places in the world. The universe! One of the best things we bought while we were there was this pictorial dictionary called "The original "POINT-AND-SPEAK" Phrasebook" by Toshiya Enomoto. It has these translations with pronunciation key, but more importantly, it has the words written in Japanese as well, which helps when people look blankly at you because you've butchered their native tongue (with the best of intentions, of course).

Also, I really love tenugui, and I wish I had bought more from this place called Raak (raak.jp)

Have a fantastic time!! I can't wait to see more pics.

nmj said...

Hope you having wonderful time! (I too have seen some of the BBC 4 Japan season, Naoki the 60 yr old ex anarchist was fabulous!)

life in yonder said...

Are you serious???!!! Japan!!!? Holy smoke and everything that comes with it! LUCKY YOU! Now you have ne curious...what on earth do you work with that have the time and money to do all those wonderings??? :-)

I'm loosing it with jelousy...does it show?

Have a wonderful, super duper trip, takes lots of photos to show us when you come back, and enjoyyyy!

Charlie P said...

WOW! JAPAN! I've always wanted to go, can't wait to see your pictures :-)
I will be demanding LOTS of photos, detailed accounts of your adventures and a show-and-tell of anything exciting you've bought.
Enjoy! x

jojo-caramel said...

Oooh What a chance !!!! I went to japan a long time ago. I hope you are having a wonderful time ! Happy Easter !!! x