Wednesday, 15 April 2015
Monday, 13 April 2015
We’ve finally met Tom’s Japanese 'mum'. Seiko and her husband have taken Tom under their wings and have helped him in so many ways with practical help, advice, support and excellent Japanese food. He is very fortunate to have met such kind and generous people, and we are grateful to them for looking after him so well.
Tom called in to borrow a strimmer to cut his lawn. They jumped into their van and appeared a few minutes later to cut the lawn and take away the cuttings.
Tom first met Seiko in the supermarket just after he arrived in Japan. She insisted that he have dinner with them and even came to pick him up.
Kindness and generosity doesn’t have national borders…
Saturday, 11 April 2015
Tuesday, 7 April 2015
I’m a little behind with my postings and daily count up since arriving in Japan. You can be assured that it is mainly because we’ve been busy enjoying life.
Since the middle of last week I’ve been experiencing some visual disturbances. A quick check online had me assuming the worst retina problems, and treatment with a gas bubble leaving me unable to fly. Simon suffered dreadfully with this last year.
I sought advice from Jean, an expert who knows about these things and so much more. Although very reassuring about what the condition probably was, she obviously couldn’t make an accurate diagnosis by remote control so advised that I had an eye check.
The easiest thing seemed to be to go to a hospital. The first state of the art newly built one didn’t deal with eyes, but a very helpful English-speaking triage nurse pointed out the correct hospital and even rang ahead so they would be expecting us.
After a short wait where the most important thing seemed to be that our insurance and means to pay were verified, I was seen by an excellent young opthalmologist who was extremely thorough.
His diagnosis – floaters. Spot on, Jean! Thank you.
The cost 8250 Yen, about £50. Irrelevant, but which happens to be our travel insurance excess.
What a relief…
Sunday, 5 April 2015
A long journey south today, but nothing seen en route to compare with this small stretch of road which leads up to the 5th Station of Mt Fuji.
A view from Fuji…
Check out this link to a video we took on our way up the mountain…
Only in Japan…
Friday, 3 April 2015
We count ourselves fortunate that although it rained all day Wednesday and all day Friday, Thursday was bright, sunny and cloudless for us to view Fujisan and walk around one of the five lakes. Our hotel was above Lake Yamanaka, so the Fugi view was very different