Saturday, July 23, 2016

2016 Japan Vacation - Arrived in Japan!

We are now in Japan!

Our flight over here was smooth, though I was surprised how much my butt hurt from sitting for 13 hours straight. :) Kai enjoyed the flight, though, as he stayed awake the whole time so that he could watch movies on his iPad. My wife and I tried, mostly unsuccessfully, to take a couple of quick naps.

We were happy when we finally arrived, and very happy to see my wife's father who came to pick us up at Narita Airport.

Jiji drove us to his apartment in the Tokyo area, where Baba was waiting for us.

After settling in for a little bit, it was time to go for a walk. After all, Pokémon Go was just introduced in Japan and Kai had Pokémon to catch.

Kai was thrilled that there were many Poké Stops, and a lot of Pokémon to catch. He caught several that he had not seen back home.

While he was mostly just engrossed with Pokémon, he did enjoy some of the other sights. Here he is amused by a new flavor of soda at McDonald's.

While Mom and Baba went shopping, Jiji, Kai and I went to a game center when Kai tried his hand at the claw machines.

He was unsuccessful, but I think he wants to play many more times on this trip. I will be keeping a limit on this... does anyone ever win at these things?

We made a quick stop at the neighborhood shrine.

And then it was time for dinner. We went to a local shabu shabu restaurant.

Shabu shabu is a style of Japanese cooking that involves cooking thinly sliced meats and vegetables in pots of boiling water. It was an all-you-can-eat feast that we enjoyed very much.

By the time we went to bed, we were all exhausted. Even Kai looked a little tired.

But it had been a good start to our vacation. We are looking forward to the rest of our adventure.


  1. It must be hot and humid there now. However, being with relatives not seen for a while, the new sights and just makes everything worth while. Your wife and her family must be very happy now. I can see how happy Kai is at the Shabu - Shabu table. I will be looking forwards to all of your following articles on your vacation in Japan.

    1. Shiroi, surprisingly, so far it has not been as hot or humid as we experienced the last time we came. So, we've enjoyed walking around. And yes, my wife and her family are very happy to see us, especially Kai, and Kai is happy to see them as well.


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