Japan Christmas and New Year 2017
Friday 22nd December 2017 - Wednesday 3rd January 2018
In Japan over the Christmas / New Year holidays to visit Chie's family.
John's Pictures

Friday in Tokyo
Friday 22nd December 2017
Landed at Narita in the morning, had an early lunch at a kaiten sushi place in the airport, then got the train to central Tokyo and checked into our hotel. I slept for a couple of hours in the afternoon, then in the evening we went out for dinner at a rather lavish tofu restaurant called Ukai, next to Tokyo Tower.
Saturday in Tokyo
Saturday 23rd December 2017
Explored the local area around our hotel a bit in the morning, then in the afternoon I headed over to Asakusa to meet Tanaka-san.
Tokyo to Hiroshima
Sunday 24th December 2017
Breakfast in Tokyo, then took the Shinkansen to Hiroshima in the afternoon. In the evening had Christmas cake with Chie's family.
Christmas Day in Japan
Monday 25th December 2017
Opened some presents in the morning. Lunch in the food court at the local shopping mall (how wonderfully festive!), then back at the family home for the remainder of the day.
Yuda Onsen
Tuesday 26th December 2017
Went to stay for a night at the Yuda Onsen in Yamaguchi.
Yuda-Onsen, Hiroshima Winter Illuminations and Okonomiyaki
Wednesday 27th December 2017
Spent the morning in the Yuda-Onsen, some of it at a particularly nice foot spa / cafe. Headed back to Hiroshima in the afternoon, saw the Hiroshima winter illuminations in the early evening then had okonomiyaki at Nagata-ya for dinner.
Pizza Riva
Thursday 28th December 2017
Lunch at Pizza Riva with Chie's aunt.
Indian Food and Negronis
Friday 29th December 2017
Went on a quest to find a decent espresso in Hiroshima in the morning, then had lunch at an Indian restaurant. In the afternoon went to the discount liquor store near Chie's family home and bought the requisites for making a Negroni.
Not Much
Saturday 30th December 2017
Didn't really do much today. Bit of Lego in the morning, I tried to do a a bit of a programming project in the afternoon but it wasn't very successful.
Miyajima and New Year's Eve
Sunday 31st December 2017
I took Erika to Miyajima in the afternoon, then spent New Year's Eve in front of the telly with Chie's family.
New Year's Day in Japan
Monday 1st January 2018
A relentless onslaught of Osecchi Ryori, the traditional food eaten at New Year in Japan.
Back to Tokyo
Tuesday 2nd January 2018
Said our goodbyes in Hiroshima in the morning and took the shinkansen to Tokyo where we'd be staying for our final night of this trip. Went to a Japanese culture festival in the early evening where Chie and Erika tried on kimono.
Back to London
Wednesday 3rd January 2018
Flew back to London today.