Yearly Archives: 2009

A 500 year old soba restaurant, enough sake to floor a sumo wrestler, very non-zen zen gardens and being picked up by girls in bars – My Kyoto trip

Last weekend, after 3 years in Japan, I finally succumbed and visited Kyoto, the Japan of guidebooks and western imaginations. Well, if a dear friend and his girlfriend invite you to stay at a 500 year old soba restaurant that supplies soba to the emperor of Japan and another dear friend will also be staying…

Ogose

Had a lovely hungover day out in Ogose in Saitama with Falsalama and his lovely girlfriend recently.A beautiful wood with several waterfalls.Just what the doctor ordered, fresh deep lungfuls of air and nature weaving her calming spell on me.Of course, I managed to find a little darkness in all that beauty, as is the uchujin…