Monday, November 10, 2008

Photos From Japan!

We're back! We had a spectacular time in Japan. Becky and all my kids survived too!
The Japanese people are so kind and polite. We would love to go back sometime!

Day Number One: Seeing the sights around Shibuya!

Eric loved the modern art. We found a MOMA store and he got to sit in his favorite chair.... the Eames molded plastic chair. We found the city to be a lot like New York, except much cleaner, safer and full of smaller people.

Eric in the Eames chair.

Julie at Starbucks. It is just as good in Japan, only a little more difficult to order.

After walking around the shopping areas, we went to Meiji Jingu Shrine. This was amazingly beautiful! Here are some photos from inside.

After a fun day of seeing the sites, it was Shibuya at night. I think it's even busier than Time Square.

OK, now for the part you are all waiting for....... Giant Eric in Japan!

This is Eric on the subway. Notice the top of the door is almost below his ear.

Eric in the shower.

Eric in the bathroom doorway.

Eric in bed.

Eric walking down a service hallway. Even I had to duck in some parts.

Being in a place where they not only speak a foreign language, but you can't read the symbols either, you really appreciate anything in English. And we love the icons they used all around town..... I wish we thought to take more photos of them!

These are the instructions for our hotel bathroom toilet. I had to ask a Japanese woman to show me how to flush the toilet in the mall. She was very kind, although I wonder what she must have thought!

We did actually teach some scrapbooking while we were there, too!

Eric taught some hand lettering techniques..... although this photo makes it look like it was me :)

The Japanese were very brave and their hand lettering turned out AWESOME!

On the last day of our trip, we took the subway (by ourselves..... a little scary!) to Asakusa. This is a fun little tourist spot.

Us on the subway.

Did you know, Eric's arms are long enough to take photos of the two of us.

Are you hungry?

There were a lot of options in the seafood category.

This is a pancake doll maker. It makes little treats that look like, well, pancake dolls.


Natasja said...

WOW Julie and Eric so glad you are back save. Looks like you had a great time there in Japan!! Next trip to the Netherlands?! ;)

Jenn said...

Looks like a WONDERFUL time! How tall is Eric??

Kimmie said...

those pics of Eric were funny....thats like watching Mr. Lindsay refer to the mouse as

Glad your back!

pattyb said...

The pictures are cool. Thanks for posting them. I've never been to Japan but it looks like fun. Visiting a foreign country is something else, isn't it.

Becky said...

It looks like so much fun! I'm glad you had a good time!

Lulu said...

Thanks so much for the pictures! I loved them, and they brought back so many nice memories for me... :)

Houston said...

It looks like you all had fun! I love the crazy signs, what does the one with the crab mean? Thanks for sharing all your great photos!

Bunny B said...

Aaahhh!! I miss Japan!! Looks like you had tons of FUN! :) Seems like Eric's useful to have around when you need pictures of just the 2 of you and don't want to bother any passerbys :P

Joanne B. said...

OMG, looks like Eric was very comfortable during your stay -- NOT! What great pictures - looks like you had a wonderful adventure!

Welcome home!

Elaine said...

What a trip!!! Looks like sooo much fun! My boss's son is there in Japan (Osaka) as an exchange student right now. We get videos and pictures just about every day. Their culture and lifestyle is very interesting!

Rachel said...

It looks like you had a blast! Thanks for sharing your pictures!!

vtpuggirl said...

Gosh that looks like fun!
What did you think of the sushi?

Carolyn King said...

Bet you are glad to be home so you can spread out a bit!

LOVE that crab sign (although I have no idea what it means?!)

Erin Glee said...

Thank you for sharing your trip with us! What fun!

Is Eric 6' 7'' or what? The Jolly Blond Giant! You two are such a cute couple, ( have you ever been mistaken for siblings? ).

NanaBeth said...

How awesome-you look like you had a wonderful time. One of the most interesting things about spending 3 1/2 years in Germany was the incredible number of ways to flush a toilet. I had to ask many tiems!

Julie said...

Yes, we have been mistaken for siblings and even twins... which can I add is not a compliment considering he is 5 years older! He is 6'6" and I am 5'10". I could touch my head to the ceiling in the shower if I stood up straight and tall.

The crab icon was on the front of the elevator doors. Don't put your finger in there!

I actually liked some of the sushi. I was surprised and surprised most of all to find that I liked the raw tuna the best, well, maybe a close second to the California roll. I also liked tempura and other stuff that I can't remember the names of.

Holly said...

Poor Eric!! How many times did he bang his head ? Great photos!

dorism6220 said...

Your pictures bring back memories - we stayed at the airport hotel in Osaka (old airport) - the rooms were very small. I gave up my double bed to my over 6' son because he just didn't fit in the twin bed in his room!

Alex S. said...

Wow!! It looks like you guys had a great time!! I am still laughing at all those pictures of "Eric the Giant."

Nancy ~ Inkcicles said...

Really cool!!! Looks like you all had fun!


Jen Martakis said...

I love the photos! What a neat experience! I'm glad you had such a wonderful time!

Davinie said...

YOu two are adorable!

Erin Glee said...

Julie~Thanks for answering our questions!

Twins! No way! MUCH younger sister? I'd buy it!

melita said...

looks like you had a great time!

ScrapMomOf2 said...

Awesome photos! OMG, is it strange that I was laughing out loud at the giant Eric photos!?! Too funny!