Philosopher's Path, Kyoto, Meditation, Artist, Trees, blooming, shrines, temples, diapersonaplane, Diapers On A Plane, traveling with kids, family travel
I was 9 years old the first time I read Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky. This still remains one of my favorite books, no doubt in part, because it left such a lasting impression upon my young mind. The internal dilemma Raskolnikov is tormented with throughout the book is so raw and pointed. The fear, loathing, and guilt is...
Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Shrines, Love, Success, Health, Fountains, Waterfall, Mountain, Traveling with kids, Family Travel, Diapersonaplane, Diapers On A Plane,
Shrouded within a forest, the Kiyomizu-dera Temple is balanced on the edge of Mt. Otowa. It is built into the rock wall facing the city of Kyoto overlooking the Higashiyama District to the west. Your journey to Kiyomizu-dera will provide you a glimpse of what you are about to experience along the way. The top most part of the...
Otani Mausoleum ,Cemetary, Buddhism, Monks, Primal Vow, Traveling with kids, Family travel, Diapersonaplane, Diapers On A Plane, Japan, Kyoto
From the long path leading up to the steep stone staircase this site begs to be examined. We found this beautiful residence on a detour. We had planned two days of touring temples and shrines, having mapped them along a specified route. As we were walking up the street, we couldn’t help but stop due to how intriguing the...
Tokyo Temple, Tokyo LDS Temple, Tokyo Mormon Temple, Family Travel, Traveling with Kids, Diapers On A Plane, diapersonaplane, Arisugawa Park
Where organized religion is all but disappeared in the Japanese culture, our family didn't want to miss visiting the LDS temple in Japan. Wherever possible our family makes a point of visiting a LDS temple on our travels. We want to show and teach our children that principles transcend all cultures, fads and history. It's important to stand for...
Arisugawa, Arisugawa-no-miya Memorial Park, Memorial Park, Tokyo, Japan, Playground, Library
The 16 acre Arisugawa-no-Miya Memorial Park located amidst the hectic Japanese streets offers a tranquil break from the mad rush of everyday life in Tokyo. Beyond the statues, streams, waterfalls and walking trails, within its grounds is a three tiered children’s playground and the Tokyo Metropolitan Central Library. It's a wonderful place for families to read, play, and take...
Hello Kitty, Sanrio, Shinjuku, Flagship store, family travel, traveling with kids, diapersonaplane, Diapers On A Plane,
Tokyo was the last stop on our Japan trip. We previously spent time in Hiroshima, and Kyoto, and in Kyoto we told the kids a spontaneous bedtime story about Konichiwa Kitty and Sayonara Dog. Gabriel told the story and I sang the song, which I determined later ended up sounding a lot like the tune of Keep the Commandments....
Kit Kat Chocolatory, Japan, Tokyo, Candy, Kit Kat, Traveling with Kids, Family Travel, Diapersonaplane, Diapers On A Plane, specialty flavors
We thought that the Kit Kat Chocolatory in Japan would be like touring the See’s Candies Factory in San Francisco, California or the Maison Cailler Chocolaterie in Broc, Switzerland. We thought it would be a great place to take the kids and let them sample all the chocolate, see how it is made, and discover it doesn't just magically...
Japan, Asia, Shower, Japanese Shower, Traveling with kids, family travel, diapersonaplane, Diapers On A Plane, AirBnb,Fushimi Inari-Taisa
Having never been to Japan, choosing a place to stay was a daunting task. Typically I spend weeks, or months, depending on how spur of the minute trip it is, researching the place we are going. I attack it from a historical perspective, and a cultural one, including figuring out all the top attractions and things to do. But,...
Fushimi Inari-Taisha, Shrine, Japan, Kyoto, Asia, History, Hiking, Diapersonaplane, Diapers On A Plane, Traveling with kids, family travel,
The experience of hiking Fushimi Inari-Taisha with kids can only be described in the most eloquent of words. This shrine, built over centuries of time is a tribute to the Shinto beliefs. It begins as a wave of blood orange gates that sing a melodious song of loyalty. Each gate is one voice in a chorus singing hymnals to...
Hiroshima, Japan, Asia, Atomic Dome, World War 2, Nuclear War, Traveling with Kids, Family Travel, Diapersonaplane, Diapers On A Plane, Hiroshima Castle, Mt. Misen, Miyajima
Hiroshima is a sobering city that amplifies the devastating effects of what it means to live in a war zone, and how that affects the human condition. It is also a city that has risen from the ashes, not to forget its past, but to dedicate every day towards the promise of the future. The city of Hiroshima is also...