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30 October 2009

Home again...

Home again, home again, jiggety-jog.

We're home, jet-lagged, and still amazed at the wonders we experienced on this trip. We visited friends we hadn't seen for 12 years, we went to a village festival, we wore kimono, we saw a volcano erupt, we participated in a tea ceremony. We ate some of the most beautiful food I've ever seen. We were greeted by dolphins and Mt. Fuji.


And now we're home and it's all a memory. I took 996 photos, and it will take me some time to sort them out. Meanwhile, here are a few:






























16 comments:

zurin said...

what a handsome couple u make! :))n so beautiful in the kimonos. I love kimonos too...it gives me such a luxurious feeling..

m glad you had a good time in Japan n welcome back. look 4ward to seeing more pictures :)

My Carolina Kitchen said...

So glad you had a nice trip and welcome back. Thanks for the great pictures. How fun to wear a kimono, but even more exciting (and scary) to see a volcano erupt.
Good to have you back.
Sam

Maggie B said...

Hi Kate,
Glad your back from your trip it sounds as if you had a blast! Literally!
We arrived home from the States on Wednesday so I guess we are both battling jet lag.
Thanks for stopping by le Presebytere look out for some scary little French kids trick or treating soon
Maggie

Barbara said...

Glad you're back and looking forward to hearing (and seeing) all about your trip, Kate!
Love the photos today- want to see more! And hear about your meals! Do tell!

La Table De Nana said...

Aren't kimonos beautiful? And a samurai?It reminds me of The Last Samurai:) Loved that movie..friendship. I agree what a handsome couple:) Did you bring a kimono back?

I must say the photos are rich! But the little fish:)??I love it.. wonton wrapper? A fish dumpling?

Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite said...

Welcome HOME!!!!!!! Can't wait to read about your trip!

food with style said...

welcome back, your pics are just a marvelous. i love all the things you did, so exciting, i look forward to you sharing more, especially those dolphins~

Bob said...

Welcome home. I'm wicked jealous, but glad you had a good time. :)

Hungry Dog said...

Welcome home! Looks as though you had a wonderful trip...will your cooking now be inspired by your recent travels?

Kate at Serendipity said...

Thanks for your lovely comments. I'm glad to know you missed me!

I DID bring a kimono back--it was a gift. I was overwhelmed by the generosity of it.

The little fishy is a dim sum--not really Japanese, but too absolutely cute not to be photographed. Inside was a whole shrimp, which gave it its shape and color. I laughed so hard at it!

The volcano eruption was a lot of ash and steam, no lava. But it was enough to make me skedaddle!

I adored the Japanese food. It was light, tasty, and absolutely gorgeous. I love meals with lots of little things to eat, and I reallyreally love eating with chopsticks, so you can imagine that I was in heaven!

I think I'm going to write up my journal of this trip, and post it. With photos. I'll let you all know when it's done.

2 Stews said...

Kate...your trip sounds so exciting! I have never been to Asia, but hope to visit my daughter in Seoul soon. Love that fish dumpling!! Your pics are an appetizer for what is to come, I'm sure. Can't wait to read all about it!

Diane

Divina Pe said...

Welcome home to Belgium. You've got great pics from Japan. I'm sure you have more.

Jill said...

WOW--fantastic pictures! I look forward to reading more about your trip. Love your new banner--very pretty! :)

Kate said...

Hi Kate! Welcome home. I missed you. It looks as though you had a wonderful time. I know how much fun it is to reconnect with old friends. I am glad you got to do it!

Junglefrog said...

Welcome home Kate! What lovely photos! Looks like you had a really great time!

Donna said...

Kate - the pictures look amazing and are only the prelude of what's to come. I haven't put my pictures on my computer yet as my computer's been down - hoping to get it fixed tonight. So glad you had a wonderful time and welcome home. D