Despite a difficult journey of cancelled and missed flights, mom finally made it to Matsuyama on Saturday April 27th. I had many plans to show her a traditional Japanese experience. This is her adventure…
We spent the first couple days checking out the local sites: Dogo Onsen, Ishite temple, and Dogo park. The weather was nice and mom got to experience and take in the beautiful sights I see daily. Cranes in the park, turtles sunning themselves on the rocks in the moat, the statues that surround the entrance to Ishite temple. We also enjoyed a nice meal of shabu shabu and a post-shabu-shabu purikura session with my friends!
On Monday it was off to Kyoto on the overnight bus.
All aboard the Willer Express to Kyoto!
Kyoto, despite not giving us its best weather-wise, was beautiful. I have only been there for a short visit before, when Dancia & Seonaid came to Japan for a few days. This time I was able to take mom to the beautiful Kiyomizu-dera, where all the Japanese said we had to go!
Mom at Kiyomizu Temple
Mom at one of the shrines in Kiyomizu Temple
We also stumbled upon an antique kimono shop where we spent hours looking at the beautiful kimonos (and maybe buying some too)!
Mom checking out some of the beautiful kimonos!
The beautiful kimono patterns
We also got lucky stumbling around Gion (a district of Kyoto) and managed to see some beautiful girls dressed up geisha style!
A scene from Gion district in Kyoto
On our last day in Kyoto we headed out of the city to see some monkeys! We all know how much I love seeing monkeys, and this time was extra-special as I got to show mom her first true monkey-business experience.
Mom and a monkey on the mountain overlooking Kyoto city.
Back home on early in the morning on Friday May 3rd, but not done with adventures! We took the day to rest, but on Saturday, mom’s final full day in Japan, Mom, Futoshi, and I headed up to Imabari and Oshima to take in some more of what Japan had to offer.
We checked out the famous whirlpools, which I also had wanted to see but hadn’t yet gotten the chance…
We’re on a boat.
Not to mention Oshima ice cream!
Futoshi & Mom having some Oshima ice cream!
And we also went to the Imabari towel museum, which impressed us with larger-than-life burgers, champagne, and popcorn, which we all enjoyed.
Gimmie some popcorn.
Enjoying the towel displays.
And that is a brief summary of Moms Japan expeirence! Hopefully she enjyoed it as much as I did!
Until next time, xo