Wide Eyed Wanderings – Shugakuin Imperial Villa, Kyoto, Japan

To the northeast of Kyoto, in the shadow of Mt. Hiei, lies Shugakuin Imperial Villa. The Villa occupies a vast swath of land overlooking Kyoto and is managed by the Imperial Household Agency. Not open to the public, for access you must apply for a permit to a guided tour. The on-line advance reservations are difficult to come by but we were fortunate enough to secure a reserved tour during our stay in Kyoto. It is also possible to apply for a tour permit at the Imperial Household Agency office in Kyoto for same day passes. The tour is conducted in Japanese but other language audio tours are available and quite helpful. Continue reading “Wide Eyed Wanderings – Shugakuin Imperial Villa, Kyoto, Japan”


Wide Eyed Wanderings – Fushimi Inari-taisha

As some of you may know, I’m a self-taught student of the art or writing. As such, I have a list of “assignments” or writing styles to experiment with and learn about. This is my take on the following assignment:

“Write an article for a magazine, including pictures if appropriate. You have been given 500 words and up to 10 photos as your limits.” Continue reading “Wide Eyed Wanderings – Fushimi Inari-taisha”

Friday Follies Episode 5

For episode 5 of the Friday Folliesallow me to submit the following. While not a sign, in any way or fashion, it struck me as hilariously ironic.

11.9.16 piggy bun (2)

Now I get making food beautiful or even cute. But that adorable little piggy, is a steamed PORK bun. ROFL who says the Chinese have no sense of humor.

Photo from my archive, Pudong International Airport, Shanghai, China.

Till next time ~leave ’em laughing ~JPP

Friday Follies Episode 4 – Mr. Potatohead

Proscenium has this awesome little funny signs challenge that I’ve very quickly become addicted to. No really, instead of looking for every cloud, sunset and flower in the galaxy, I now seem to be casting my discerning eye toward signs and folks, let me tell you “every day from here to there, funny things are EVERYWHERE”

This little beauty, although certainly not an error or innuendo, just struck me as funny as all get out.

Potato head

I mean “Ireland’s Potato” is a Chinese Jack-o-lantern that stuck its tongue in a light socket? Really? OK, in its defense it did come from a road-side rest in China but still…. roflmao

Till next time ~Peace ~JPP