Paula and Mike
Kyoto, Japan Shibuya, Japan Japan Japan Nara, Japan
We'll fly to Japan from San Francisco on shiny 747s, planning all the little details of each day of our trip.
We'll return home tired and happy after collecting memories that will last a lifetime.
As appealing as capsule hotels seem, they just won't cut it for a honeymoon extravaganza. We'll sleep in clean white sheets and start the day right with early morning breakfast.
We'll zip about town among the hordes of people silently lined up as the immaculately clean train stops with millimeter precision at the markings on the floor. This will get each of us a pass that...
Here, we'll get to enjoy a traditional Japanese house. We'll sleep on tatami mats and try not to have a sword fight among the rice paper walls. We're staying at this beautiful ryokan: http://goo.gl...
We’re traveling south to Okunoshima, an island with feral rabbits that roam the island. We’re staying a day there to pet the rabbits, wander the island, and sit in the hot springs.
A little people kibble for us, and a little rabbit kibble for them. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMEmBp9MnIY
Our first experience with Din Tai Fung was in Beijing. That fateful meal sealed in our minds that we would return to the Eastern Hemisphere many more times through the following years in order to e...
The best part of international travel is the FOOD! We'll swing by a yummy ramen shop and try out some delicious noodles. Fingers will be crossed to find some authentic Tsuke-men dipping style noodles.
We'll enjoy all-day-long hot drinks with these magical cylinders directly from the brightest minds in the Japanese Space Program. They use technology we can only dream about to keep coffee hot long...
While we didn't want to go the traditional route of houseware wedding gifts, the one thing we could really use is a "real" set of flatware to replace the hodge podge of hand carved forks, Yogurtlan...
We've spied a few things that will make traveling on this trip and many trips in the future even better. Carry-on organizers, packing cubes for the suitcase, shoe bags and 3.0 oz bottles just to na...
Forests full of fuzzy faces on the front of furry four legged friends? Sign us up!! http://goo.gl/AwlSrO
Japan has the best vending machines. Hot coffee drinks, cool melon drinks, ice cream waffle sticks... Here's some of what we ate last time we were there: http://www.quitecurious.com/eating-on-t...
Now that we'll be married, we can get some inspiration from the wrestlers on how to let our bodies expand. Just kidding....? We'll get to see one of the oldest traditions in Japan as two highly tr...
Endlessly watching "Cooking with Dog" on YouTube can finally culminate in actual cooking lessons in Japanese cuisine, which is Paula's favorite food! Perhaps we'll even meet Francis. Cooking wit...
Our last trip ended with Mike bringing home a small chisel, beveled knife, ceramic edge trimmer, and wooden mallet. All four tools are in heavy rotation in the Tinkering Monkey workshop, and are so...
Gone will be the sauce splattered shirts from hours of experimentation in the kitchen. A quality kitchen apron made from traditionally patterned Japanese fabric will see daily use once we're back h...
BBQ chicken skewers, or yakitori, might be the best way to eat chicken. We'll watch as a serious looking chef carefully roasts skewers of meat over an open flame charcoal trough.
It's Cirque du Soliel but with Taiko drums! Send us to a taiko drumming show created by the famed Kodo arts group at a historical Kabuki theatre in Kyoto. Here's what we'll be watching: https://www...
Total immersion cooking lessons wouldn't be the same without some authentic Japanese ingredients. Paula will select only the freshest foods the early morning markets have to offer.
The humble fanny pack has come a long way since the 90s. Stylish colors and useful organization will keep our gear stored low and snug for all-day exploration.
They say opposites attract. For Paula and Mike, this wasn't really the case...unless you count personal temperature. Mike burns like the Arabian sun throughout winter, while Paula can detect a bit ...