two-by-two (poem)

(inspired by a trip to Osaka, Japan—June 2016) two-by-two I. spinal exercises in the morning: first the shoulders, then the neck before working up to the head crack the bones into the soup heat and soak stir and repeat fish broth for days ginger slips under the roof of the mouth remedy for throat on … Continue reading two-by-two (poem)

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Destination: Kyoto, Japan (Part 2)

Rising early the next morning (5:15, at latest), our tour took us over to the Kiyomizu-dera, a Buddhist temple and an UNESCO World Heritage Site situated east of Kyoto. Considering its high status, it would of course be packed with tourists by 9:00, so we sloughed off the early-morning drowsiness to beat the crowds before … Continue reading Destination: Kyoto, Japan (Part 2)

Destination: Kyoto, Japan (Part 1)

The following morning after our visit to the Miho Museum, we boarded our coach to head back toward Kyoto. However, we weren't visiting the city proper just yet—rather, we would be visiting the natural surroundings in the parks and forests, situated on the outskirts, away from the hustle and bustle of the city itself. Our … Continue reading Destination: Kyoto, Japan (Part 1)

Destination: Shinkansen Bullet Train & Miho Museum, Japan

Halfway between our time in Tokyo and Kyoto, my family and I spent a day with the tour taking the Shinkansen bullet train over and making a stop at the Miho Museum in the afternoon. Compared with the other long days we had in the city, that day was slower-paced, for it served merely as … Continue reading Destination: Shinkansen Bullet Train & Miho Museum, Japan