Kyoto, Japan

Towards the end of January I had the chance to visit Japan with my brother Philip. It was a holiday simply to get away from all the worries in the past few months, as well as a chance to see each other after two years apart.

The passing of our mother made me want to weave a better web amongst us brothers, Philip, Kevin, and I, simply because the original bond, my mother, isn’t here anymore.

I am sure mom would want us to stick together, through good and bad times as well.

During this trip, Philip and I travelled through Kyoto, Osaka, Shusenji (in Izu), and Tokyo. These are the pictures that describe our fun times during this two-week trip.

Three hours later, dinner time. We all decide to go to a local Izaka-Ya, or “drinking place” to have dinner and beer.

Our dinner party got even bigger:

Philip, Jamie, Tako, Hiro, Chieko, Maya (whom I have met once before in Minneapolis), and her friend Andy…

That evening… another friend from R.I.T who is working in Kyoto stopped at the hotel… Taizo Nomura.

Ever since college I had a feeling that Taizo would SOMEDAY settle down and have a family, even though he contantly said that he would just find a women who would do everything for him…

Now he has a beautiful wife and an adorable daughter…

… and to think, this is just the BEGINNING of my vacation!