Walkies in the fog

One very woofly foggy day, daddy suggested to go to find the ruins of Ankerwycke priory (established around 1160 and dissolved in 1536) and the 2000-year-old yew tree.

Woof!  Walking in the very thick fog is exciting!  Let’s go!

濃い霧に覆われたある日、ダディが樹齢約2000年のイチイの木、そしてそのそばにあるという遺跡を探しに行こう!と。霧の中でのお散歩って楽しそう~ってことで出発。そして到着すると本当に霧は濃かった。

And it was really foggy.
We could hardly see anything except very vague shapes of trees and some humans.

Trees in the fog……they were something magical and mysterious.

霧の中の木々、なんだかマジカルで魅力的。

Of course, we posed for daddy.
Mummy told us to sit and walked off further and further.  We were scared because mummy and daddy could disappear in the fog.  That is why Silky’s bum isn’t on the ground properly.

記念に写真撮影。霧の中でお座りさせて徐々に離れる私たち。Cocoとシルキーは不安だったのか、シルキーなんてお尻が浮いてるし。

The little pond looked icy cold.

氷が張って冷たそうな池。

It was muddy and we were tatty.  The bench was wet and our little bums were cold, and yet daddy told us to pose on the bench.

その前にあったベンチでポーズ。ベンチベタベタ、Cocoとシルキーもベタベタ、それでも言われる通りにきっちりモデル。

We walked and walked.  We looked for the big tree.
It should be easy because the tree must be huge.  We wouldn’t miss it.
However, we never found the yew tree or the ruins of priory.

How long were we there, daddy?
The fog was getting thicker and thicker and the air became colder and colder.

けっこうウロウロしたけれど、どこにも樹齢2000年らしき木が見当たらない。大きいだろうから絶対に見逃さないだろうし、説明のボードとかがありそうだし。

Where are the yew tree and the priory, daddy?
We wanted to find them.  It shouldn’t be that difficult but it was getting dark so we had to decide to go home.

Awww….this avenue of trees are rather beautiful, don’t you think?
I wonder what is the end of this path?

わー、この並木道きれい。この向こうはなんだろう?

けっこうウロウロしたけど見つけられず、霧は濃くなり暗くなり、しかも寒い。その日は帰ることを決断。

We went home that day, but we didn’t give up.  We decided to finish our yew tree and priory hunt before this Christmas holiday finished.

The weather was cold but clear, daddy got the instruction of “The park circular walk” and we were all ready for the hunt.

で、数日後。快晴でお散歩日和。改めて探しに行こうってことで出発。この日は地図も印刷して準備万端。

We followed daddy’s instruction but as you know daddy is a professional get-loster, so mummy, Silky and I, we all helped daddy and finally…….

それでも迷うのが得意なダディなので私も一緒に地図を見ながら進みます。

We found the ruins of the priory.
As you can see, there were wired fences and a few people were walking inside.  Somehow, it was only us who were walking this side of the fence.

Why daddy?

すると、ありました~。修道院の遺跡。1160年頃の物?どうやら形はけっこう早いスピードで崩れ続けてて、1900年代最初の頃と今とではかなり違うという写真がありました。で、後ろにフェンスが見えますが、なぜか数人の人々が内側を歩いてる。外側は私たちだけ。なぜ?

We managed to get inside of the fence and found this beautiful 2000-year-old yew tree.

ぐるーっと廻って中に入ると、ありました~!樹齢2000年のイチイの木。でかーい。形、色、模様、素晴らしい。

The shape, the colour and the pattern of the tree was amazing.

Now, we started to walk towards the direction which other people came from.

そして人々が来た方向へ同じように戻りましたが、え?この並木道、あの霧の濃い日に見たよね? そうです、この道の反対側から写真撮りました。ってことは、あの時、並木道を歩いていたら遺跡とイチイの木があったわけです。なーんだ。

This avenue of the trees.   Woof?
I think we were walking the other side of this path on that foggy day, daddy.  That means if we had walked down the path we would have found the yew tree and the ruins.

We carried on our circular walk and posed for daddy on the same bench where we had posed on that cold foggy day.
The view was different but we were as tatty as we had been the other day.

引き続きウォーキング。そして先日、ベタベタ姿で写真を撮ったベンチで再び。お天気は快晴だけど、Cocoとシルキーの汚さは一緒。

When you walk in the nature you can find out some interesting facts.
For example, the grass in this massive field was mainly short, however, there were placed with thick green grass.  Do you know why?

In the middle of the thick grass is cow’s poo-poo.

自然の中を歩くと色々なことに気付きます。この広いフィールドの芝はみな短い。でもところどころ、フサフサ。なぜ? フサフサの所には牛のウンがあるのです。肥料ですね。

そしてこの木にある丸い物体。巣かと思ったけど違うのです。これはヤドリギ。他の木に住み着いてその栄養分を吸い取って育つとか。英語名がミスルトーだから考えもしなかったけど、ヤドリギって聞くと納得。さて、無事に家に帰り、ドロドロベタベタのCocoとシルキーは新年のお風呂に入ってピッカピカになりました。

Do you know what those round balls in the trees are?
Mummy thought that they were nests but if you look at them closely you can see they are not, and they are very green.

The answer is that they are mistletoe.
Widipedia says that “Mistletoes attach to and penetrate the branches of a tree or shrub by a structure called the haustorium, through which they absorb water and nutrients from the host plant.”

After this adventure we were all amazingly muddy.  We got lots of mud balls and things in our fur and smelt like the field, but as soon as we got home mummy and daddy dunked us in the bath for our special new year shampoo.
Now, we are sparkly clean and fluffy, and smell like spring flowers.

Love Coco

 

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The residential care home will be gone.

Christmas is coming soon so I went to the residential care home to please the ladies and gentlemen.
When I arrived there I changed into my very best Christmas costume in the car, and now I was a Santa Cocosheltie.

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老人ホーム訪問してきました。クリスマス前なのでサンタ姿。中に入るといつも通りシーンとしてたけど、サンタCocoを見るとみなさんすっごい笑顔。翌日にはクリスマスパーティーがあるから午後からは美容師さんが来て女性のみなさんをキレイにしてくるそう。

Ta-da!!!!
I’m ready.  Let’s get inside, shall we?

It was quiet as usual but as soon as they saw me they became very happy.  Everyone loved my special costume, daddy.

Then, one of my clients said that they were going to have their hair done this afternoon because they would have their Christmas party tomorrow.
How lovely!

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ドイツ人のCocoのお得意様と話をしていると、このホームが閉鎖になると!え!実は二週間ほど前にネットに売り物件として出てたのです。本当だったんだぁ。ビジネスそのものを誰かが買えばそのまま続くのかな?でも「元ケアホーム」って書いてたな。いろいろと疑問が。そこで介護士さんに聞いてみると、やはりホームそのものがなくなる様で徐々に移動先を探しているそう。そして二月までには閉鎖になるそうです。もともと自分たちが住んでいた町のホームに移れるとなぜか思っている方々。そうなれば良いけれど・・・。ここが自分の家だと思っている人たちにとって移動はとても不安なことだろうし。

Then, my oldest client lady said that the home was going to be closing down.

Woof?

The other day, mummy saw the property was for sale on the Internet, didn’t she, daddy?
It is true, then.
What is going to happen to the ladies and gentlemen?
Someone might buy the business?
Then, everyone would be able to stay there?
But it said “Former care home” on the Internet.

I had a lot of questions about it.
One of the carer  ladies said  that they were trying to find new places for all the residents and the home would be closed by February.
It must be terrifying for some people who are confused because the care home is their home.  They might not understand what is happening.

My oldest client was happy because she thinks she would move back to the town where she used live.
Another client lady was the same.
Everyone wants to move back where they were happy with their family and friends.
I really hope they could move somewhere they want, daddy.

It is quite a shock to mummy and me because we didn’t think we had to say good-bye to them like this.
It is really shame because this lady finally became to like doggies (even it’s only me), and yet I have to say good-bye to her.  I hope she would see another Therapy doggie at her new home.

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ずーっと犬嫌いだったのにCocoのお蔭で犬好きになったHさん。こんな風に抱っこするなんてあり得なかったのに残念。移転先でもセラピードッグがいると良いんだけどな。さて、私とCocoはというと、続けるかなぁ?どうかなぁ?とりあえずコーディネーターさんにリストを貰って近くでどこか行けそうなところがあるか見てから考えます。止めるのは残念かな。だって審査はどんな犬でもパスするわけじゃないし。

Mummy and I were a little bit sad having found out that the home is really going to close down.
Maybe I will find somewhere new to visit or I might have a break from being a Therapy doggie.  I don’t know, yet.  Mummy will ask the coordinator lady to give us a waiting list and then we will see.

Yes, we were a little bit sad.

Then, we got a post from Japan.  Mummy opened it and it was a very pretty Christmas card from mummy’s friend’s pretty daughter, Chikako.  Mummy, daddy and granddaddy Mick met Chikako, her mummy and her mummy’s auntie when they visited Japan and they had a really woofly lovely memorable time.

Look at this drawing which came with the card.
They are mummy, daddy, Chikako and granddaddy Mick.  What a lovely drawing!

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そんな朝を過ごして沈んだ気持ちでいると、郵便が。あ、日本からだ!あ、ちかちゃんからだ! 開けると可愛いクリスマスカードとこの絵。これは左から私、ダディ、ちかちゃん、ダディのお父さん。日本に行った時に一緒にお鮨屋さんで楽しいひと時を過ごしたのです。ちかちゃん、ありがとう。いつかイギリスに来たらCocoとシルキーがMick爺ちゃんの所に連れて行ってあげるからねー。

This drawing lightened up mummy and me.
Thank you, Chika-chan.  Mummy and daddy are looking forward to seeing you again, and if you come to England one day, we will take you to see granddaddy Mick.

Love Coco and Silky

 

 

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Last agility lesson in 2016

Hello, I’m Silky.
Mummy took me to Coco and mummy’s last agility class in 2016.

When we got there we saw lovely proper courses.
Yes, we enjoyed fun competition, agility and steeplechase.  Auntie Fran let me run as well and that made Coco very angry.  Although there was a Bichon Frise boy who is grade 6, Coco was a little pocket rocket on fire 🔥 and won.  Yay!
I was good, too, by the way.

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今年最後のアジリティレッスン。到着したら、そこには美しくコースがセットされてました。アジリティ用とスティープルチェイス用。見学で来てるシルキーも走らせてもらえて、それを見たCocoはジェラシー爆発。グレード6のビジョンフリーゼの男の子がいたけれどロケット弾の様に走って勝ちました。シルキーもしっかり走っておりこうさん。

Everyone enjoyed and we got pretty rosette each and also a toy for our prize.  The toy mummy chose for us is a tuggy rope which can be quite fashionable as a scarf.

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お遊びの競技会だけど、ちゃんとおリボンもらって商品にはタブロープ。シルキーの首にまけばお洒落なスカーフにも。

We basically don’t fancy tuggy rope very much but we like this one.  Normally they can be quite heavy and hard but this one is soft and light, just the way we like.

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普段はタグロープはあまり好みじゃないフタリですが、このロープは柔らかくて良い感じ。けっこう楽しんで遊んでます。

It was auntie Fran’s last lesson.  She is going to enjoy her retirement.  It is really shame because mummy likes Fran’s lesson.  However, Coco and mummy are going to have a very woofly good lady as a new trainer.  It is exciting, isn’t it?  Also, auntie Fran said she would train occasionally.  Lovely!  All will be woofly well.

After the class, what a surprise!  Coco and Toffee sniffed each other, saying
“Have a lovely Christmas, Coco”
“And you, too, Toffee.”
Can you believe it?  It wasn’t just a bit of sniffing.  It was proper 3 seconds sniffing and yet Coco didn’t made her scary face at all.  Uncle Kevin’s Shelties are our friends and also Coco loves uncle Kevin, but still that proper 3 seconds sniffing made mummy very happy and warm.

This is us, having sweeties from uncle Kevin.  Coco wanted everything by herself.

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レッスンの後にはなんとCocoとケビンさんの三男のトフィー君がクンクン。それも一瞬じゃなくて3秒ぐらいの長いクンクン。でもCocoは頭突きをしなかった。嬉しい💛 ケビンさんのオヤツにヒトリ食らいつくCoco。

 

Mummy called us to take photo, but Coco only wanted to get uncle Kevin’s yummy container.

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写真撮るよ~と言っても、ケビンさんのオヤツタッパに食らいつくCoco。さて、今回でフラン先生のレッスンは終わり。引退されるのです。そして場所も変わるのです。フラン先生のレッスンはとても楽しいので残念。でもどうやら私のクラスの次のトレーナーさんはものすごーいハンドラーさんだそう。楽しみだ~。そして場所ですが、遠くになったら困るなぁって思ってたけど、どうやら今の場所から車で5分ほどの所だそう。ホッ。。。

Like I mentioned, it was auntie Fran’s last lesson and also the last lesson at the stable.  They are going to move to a new place.  Going to the stable is very good for us because we can go to our favourite Virginia Water on the way home.  So we were hoping that they could find the new venue somewhere around there and they did!

So, from new year they will go to the new venue and we can carry on our Virginia Water walkies after the class.  Lovely!

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いつもアジの後にはヴァージニアウォーターでお散歩。新しい場所になっても帰りに寄れるね。でも、まずは新しい場所を知らなくては。実はまだ知らなくて、早く教えてもらわないと困るのです。だって行く前にグーグルマップで予習して、実際に車で行ってみなくては。いきなり車で知らない所には行けません。

Just, Only wee problem at the moment is mummy doesn’t know how to get the new venue yet.  Mummy has to study on Google map and also drive there a couple of times before the first class, you see?  Preparation is woofly important.

Love Silky

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A little bit of extra

We thought we had finished writing about the adventure in Japan but there are a little bit of extra to show.

Such as the tallest building in Japan “Abeno Harukasu”(the tallest tower is Tokyo sky tree, by the way).  The very tall building in the middle is the one.

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It is 300 meter tall and the view from the observatory is amazing.  Mummy isn’t interested in those high places but she said it was worth visiting.

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Some part of the floor is glass and you can stand on it if you like.

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Also, Osaka Minami which used to be mummy’s playground.

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Mummy was surprised because there were mostly young people and tourists at night. When mummy was one of those youngsters she didn’t realized about it.

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Also, daddy took granddaddy Mick somewhere called Shinsekai.
When mummy was a young lady someone took her there and she ended up to see exotic dance and very manly people who wore lady’s clothes.  Since then, mummy hasn’t been to that area but daddy says it is quite an interesting area.

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There is a famous tower “Tsutenkaku tower”.

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The view from the top.

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The last day, while mummy was shopping lots of sweeties for us daddy took granddaddy to a little theme park on the top of Mt. Ikoma.
It’s very quiet and small theme park but it is very good if you visit at night in summer because all you can see is beautiful night view of Osaka city.  Especially, if you are on some ride it is woofly scary but exciting.

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To go to the top of the mountain, you can take this pretty rope-way.

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When mummy and daddy went there last year, they walked down the mountain but mummy strictly told daddy to do “Rope-way up and Rope-way down” after the incident the other day.

This Torii gate is “Hiraoka shrine” which is just in front of the flat where mummy used to live before she came to England.
This shrine is very special to mummy so daddy popped by to say hello for mummy.

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Well, that is it.
We wrote all about their adventure in Japan so we will write about us next time.

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Love Coco and Silky

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Adventure in Japan part III

Daddy took granddaddy to Kobe to look around foreign residences from the late Meiji and early Taishō eras of Japanese history (Ijinkan) and also beautiful Nunobiki herb gardens & Ropeway.

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They left home happily and went to Nunobiki herb gardens first and the disaster happened.

What disaster?

Well, daddy pushed granddaddy Mick off the mountain.
Actually, daddy only told about it briefly so I don’t know how exactly it happened, but it seems that normal people without proper walkie shoes walk down the garden path and enjoy the herbs and flowers.

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However, daddy forced granddaddy Mick to go down Hiking trail.  Granddaddy Mick wanted to go back but daddy only said “We are not going back.  We are going down”.
Poor granddaddy Mick had to follow.

Then!
He fell and hit a tree and rolled down and hit another tree.
Granddaddy Mick got cuts and bruise as well as bump on his head.  Also, his watch which he’d got from his memorable cruise flew somewhere.  They looked around but only they could find was a part of the belt.

Silky and I checked the map.
Woof….it really looks like proper hiking route.  Dear, dear……

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This is granddaddy enjoying lovely ropeway and feeling relieved after the life-threatening incident. You can see the cut on his arm.

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Do you know that something similar happened to us, too?  It happened at Box Hill a few years ago.  Mummy didn’t want to go that way but daddy didn’t listen and we had to follow.  You can read about it here.   It is worth reading, seriously.

Maybe, daddy was shocked, too so he didn’t take many photos of Ijinkan area so I will put this pretty photo of rabbits.

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Forgiving granddaddy Mick recovered from his severe physical and mental shock quickly and allowed daddy to take him to the aquarium, Kaiyukan.

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This aquarium is one of the largest public aquaiums in the world, and is a member of the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

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This manta is mummy’s all-time favourite.

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There are countless of species.

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They got on the big wheel, too.

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Great view from the wheel.

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Anyway daddy, if you want to be the leader of the tour you must not follow your own desire for adventure without thinking of other people’s safety.
Don’t worry, granddaddy Mick.
From now on, I will be the leader so when we go somewhere together you will be safe.

Love Coco

 

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Adventure in Japan part II

Nana, daddy and mummy took granddaddy Mick to Japanese beautiful ancient cities, Nara and Kyoto.

Mummy says that Nana lives in Nara so it is fairly easy to go there and Nana knows the area very well so she was the leader of the tour, although daddy wanted to be the one.

Firstly, walking though many shops, they came to the Five-storied Pagoda, Kohukuji.  This is the second highest Five-storied pagoda in Japan.

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Walking past Sarusawa pond and you will see Ukimido in the middle of the pond.

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The autumn leaves were very beautiful behind granddaddy Mick.

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Now, it was time for their lunch-lunch.
This is granddaddy Mick enjoying the packed lunch Nanamade with his brilliant chopstick skill.

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There are lots of deer in Nara park.  Do you know that they are very well behaved?

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Well, you can buy special biscuits for deer and feed them, and what a surprise!
Deer in Nara bow to get the biscuits.

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Also, they are very clever because those biscuits are sold on the table and they can steal them easily but they don’t.  Why?

Mummy said every deer looked like me, Silky.

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After their lunch-lunch, we came to Kasuga taisha shrine.  Unfortunately the shrine was in the middle of refurbishing so  they couldn’t get inside.

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The tour carried on to Nigatsudo.  The view from there is beautiful.

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Finally, they came to Todaiji!!
It was exceptionally woofly busy.  Look at those people!!  Full of school trips and tourists.

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And this is the great Budda.

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Woof….huge.

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Nana’s Nara tour ended here.

Next Nana’s tour was Kyoto.  Nana also knows the area quite well so then again she was the leader of the tour.  Daddy wanted to be the one, of course.

Daddy wanted to take granddaddy Mick to a few places in Kyoto but it is a big city so he narrowed them down to Inari shrine which is the most popular place to visit among foreigners, and Kiyomizu temple which is a world heritage site,

At first, they arrived at Inari shrine.
Woof….there were lots of tourist there, too.

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There were people everywhere, and yet what daddy wanted to do was take a photo of the beautiful row of Torii gates without any people in the picture.
Of course, it was difficult so daddy got irritated, frustrated and angry, but he did it!!

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Now, daddy was happy chirpy about his achievement, they moved to Kiyomizu temple. The view from the famous Kiyomizu stage is beautiful, so

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of course, it was full of people.

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By the way, there are lots of ladies in Kimono in Kyoto but lots of them are not Japanese but tourists from abroad who rent Kimonos.

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They do their hair properly and looked very pretty.
A taxi driver told Nana and mummy that Japanese people don’t wear kimono when they come to Kyoto very much so it is very good that many tourist wear Kimono because they make Kyoto look more like Kyoto.  That is true.

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After the tour they decided to have Yakiniku dinner.  Daddy always says that Japanese beef melts in your mouth. dscf0360-800x533

And of course, a glass of cold beer made granddaddy and daddy felt very refreshed after the day trip to Kyoto.

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I wonder if I like Japanese beer?

By the way, between their trip to Nara and Kyoto there was some very serious indicent.  Coco will write about it soon.

Silky

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