Kusayanagi-Plumley Family Reunion and Tour of Japan - 2008

June 2008 - The Zoo traveled to Japan to visit relatives and friends. For Beth, Curtis and Lauren, their first trip to Japan. For Donald, his first trip in 40 years that is purely for pleasure. A chance for Grandpa Don to help develop familial connections between his grandchildren and Grandma Michiko's relatives.

We first went to Tokyo, then down to Fukuoka on the island of Kyushu, then up to Kyoto. What a trip! What memories!

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June 10 - Ready to Go
June 10 - Ready to Go
Waiting
Waiting
Narita Express
Narita Express
Noodles!
Noodles!
Udon!
Udon!
June 12 - Breakfast
June 12 - Breakfast
Wicked
Wicked
Asakusa Kannon
Asakusa Kannon
Asakusa Kannon
Asakusa Kannon
Kaminarimon Gate
Kaminarimon Gate
Asakusa Kannon
Asakusa Kannon
Asakusa Kannon
Asakusa Kannon
Souvenirs Anyone?
Souvenirs Anyone?
Lauren
Lauren
Pagoda
Pagoda
Hungry?
Hungry?
Hozo-mon Gate
Hozo-mon Gate
Senso-ji Temple - Main Hall
Senso-ji Temple - Main Hall
Incense Burner
Incense Burner
Main Hall
Main Hall
Field Trip
Field Trip
Temple Grounds
Temple Grounds
Small Shrine
Small Shrine
Temple Grounds
Temple Grounds
Incense Burner
Incense Burner
Awashima Hall
Awashima Hall
Awashima Hall
Awashima Hall
Lantern
Lantern
Incense Burner
Incense Burner
Clothed Statue
Clothed Statue
Statue Closeup
Statue Closeup
Buddah
Buddah
Temple Grounds
Temple Grounds
Vending Corner
Vending Corner
Restaurant
Restaurant
Lunch on the Run
Lunch on the Run
Imperial Palace
Imperial Palace
Imperial Palace
Imperial Palace
Fujimi-yagura
Fujimi-yagura
Umbrellas
Umbrellas
Fushimi-yagura
Fushimi-yagura
Kyuden (Imperial Palace)
Kyuden (Imperial Palace)
Statue
Statue
Chowaden Hall
Chowaden Hall
State Banquet Hall Porch
State Banquet Hall Porch
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices
Meiji Jingu
Meiji Jingu
Meiji Gardens
Meiji Gardens
Sake Barrels
Sake Barrels
Sake Barrels
Sake Barrels
Sake Barrels
Sake Barrels
Familar Sight!
Familar Sight!
Wine for Consecration
Wine for Consecration
Examining the Wineries
Examining the Wineries
Walkway
Walkway
Main Torii
Main Torii
Torii
Torii
Torii
Torii
Family Photo
Family Photo
Torii
Torii
Grandpa Don
Grandpa Don
Torii
Torii
Lantern
Lantern
Grandpa Don
Grandpa Don
Sando
Sando
Main Shrine
Main Shrine
Platform
Platform
Chuzoya
Chuzoya
Fountain
Fountain
Purification Ritual
Purification Ritual
Purification
Purification
Gehaiden
Gehaiden
Main Gate - Roof Detail
Main Gate - Roof Detail
Shrine Grounds
Shrine Grounds
Bonsai
Bonsai
Priest and Bonsai
Priest and Bonsai
Bonsai
Bonsai
Rock
Rock
Bonsai
Bonsai
Shrine Grounds
Shrine Grounds
Main Shrine
Main Shrine
Shrine Roof
Shrine Roof
Prayers
Prayers
Wall of Prayers
Wall of Prayers
Prayer
Prayer
Prayer
Prayer
Family
Family
Inner Shrine
Inner Shrine
Detail
Detail
Clear Skies
Clear Skies
Walkway
Walkway
Bus
Bus
Heading to Harajuku
Heading to Harajuku
Reality
Reality
Takeshita-dori
Takeshita-dori
Doggy Raincoat
Doggy Raincoat
June 13 - Shinagawa Station
June 13 - Shinagawa Station
Train to Kamakura
Train to Kamakura
Meigetsu-in
Meigetsu-in
Kinuko
Kinuko
Flowers
Flowers
Flowers
Flowers
Flowers
Flowers
Incense Burner
Incense Burner
Dry Gardens
Dry Gardens
Hydrangeas
Hydrangeas
Pathway
Pathway
Main Hall
Main Hall
Roof Detail
Roof Detail
Gardens
Gardens
Clothed Statue
Clothed Statue
Waterfall
Waterfall
Trees
Trees
Pond
Pond
Iris
Iris
Iris Gardens
Iris Gardens
Iris
Iris
Beth
Beth
The Group
The Group
Iris
Iris
Iris Garden
Iris Garden
Through the leaves
Through the leaves
Forest
Forest
Rocks
Rocks
Keep Out
Keep Out
Well
Well
Cliff
Cliff
Yagura Cave
Yagura Cave
Yagura Cave
Yagura Cave
Clothed Statue
Clothed Statue
Clothed Statue
Clothed Statue
Buddah
Buddah
Shrine
Shrine
Tourists
Tourists
Clothed Statues
Clothed Statues
Hachiman-gu Shrine
Hachiman-gu Shrine
View down the central path
View down the central path
Main building
Main building
Enjoying the Shade
Enjoying the Shade
Maiden
Maiden
Rules
Rules
Roof Detail
Roof Detail
Deities
Deities
Danzakura
Danzakura
School children
School children
Lantern
Lantern
Purification Wash
Purification Wash
Bento
Bento
Torii
Torii
Wakamiya-dori
Wakamiya-dori
Lunchtime
Lunchtime
Chicken Cookie
Chicken Cookie
Chicken Cookie
Chicken Cookie
Very Popular
Very Popular
Hatosabure
Hatosabure
Ice Cream Break
Ice Cream Break
Ice Cream Break
Ice Cream Break
Swirl
Swirl
Great Budda
Great Budda
Daibatsu
Daibutsu
Family
Family
Daibatsu
Daibutsu
Group
Group
Daibatsu
Daibutsu
Tourits
Tourists
Daibatsu
Daibutsu
Large Head
Large Head
VW Bus
VW Bus
Hase-dera Temple
Hase-dera Temple
Cheese
Cheese
Lantern
Lantern
Lauren
Lauren
Waterfall
Waterfall
Lantern
Lantern
Statues
Statues
Lantern
Lantern
Water Lillies
Water Lillies
Monument
Monument
Lantern
Lantern
Floating Lillies
Floating Lillies
Hungry Carp
Hungry Carp
Trio of Bamboo pipes
Trio of Bamboo pipes
Cute Statue
Cute Statue
Ahhh
Ahhh
Waterfall
Waterfall
Waterfall
Waterfall
Shrine
Shrine
Scary!
Scary!
Statue
Statue
Shrine
Shrine
Lantern
Lantern
Lantern
Lantern
June 14 - Tsukiji Fish Market
June 14 - Tsukiji Fish Market
Tako (Octopus)
Tako (Octopus)
Packed
Packed
Ika (Squid)
Ika (Squid)
Tuna
Tuna
Bandsaw
Bandsaw
Carefully Prepared
Carefully Prepared
Tuna
Tuna
Magaro and Toro
Magaro and Toro
Maguro
Maguro
Fish Head
Fish Head
Onaga (Red Snapper)
Onaga (Red Snapper)
Tiger Prawns
Tiger Prawns
Uni! (Sea Urchin)
Uni! (Sea Urchin)
Ebi (shrimp)
Ebi (shrimp)
Squidward
Squidward
Market Stalls
Market Stalls
Ready for Delivery
Ready for Delivery
Your Order
Your Order
Carts
Carts
Hand Carts
Hand Carts
Bicycle
Bicycle
Chaos
Chaos
Sushi Breakfast
Sushi Breakfast
Breakfast
Breakfast
Akihabara
Akihabara
Akihabara
Akihabara
Yodabashi
Yodabashi
Totoro!
Totoro!
Happy Passengers
Happy Passengers
Happiest Passenger
Happiest Passenger
The Ghibli Museum
The Ghibli Museum
Totoro
Totoro
Totoro
Totoro
Museum
Museum
Pig Truck
Pig Truck
Pig Truck
Pig Truck
First Family Dinner
First Family Dinner
Family
Family
Piggy-San
Piggy-San
2nd Cousins
2nd Cousins
Cute!
Cute!
Father and Daughter
Father and Daughter
The Ladies
The Ladies
The Men
The Men
The Family
The Family
Ginza
Ginza
Ginza
Ginza
Ginza
Ginza
Ginza
Ginza
Ginza
Ginza
June 15 - Shinkansen to Fukuoka
June 15 - Shinkansen to Fukuoka
Quick Stop
Quick Stop
Which one?
Which one?
That One
That One
Fields and Farms
Fields and Farms
Fast Food
Fast Food
Rice Paddies
Rice Paddies
Fast Asleep
Fast Asleep
Towns and Hills
Towns and Hills
Rice Paddies
Rice Paddies
Reunion Dinner
Reunion Dinner
Private Dining Room
Private Dining Room
Opening Remarks
Opening Remarks
Surprise
Surprise
Yummy
Yummy
Family
Family
Sumiko's Decoration
Sumiko's Decoration
The Ladies
The Ladies
French Laundry - Japanese Style
French Laundry - Japanese Style
Sushi Dish
Sushi Dish
Sea Bass
Sea Bass
Melon and Carrot
Melon and Carrot
Fish and Eggplant
Fish and Eggplant
Unagi
Unagi
Rice and Miso
Rice and Miso
Desert
Desert
Omiyage
Omiyage
Geta
Geta
Yuya
Yuya
The Kids
The Kids
Then and Now
Then and Now
Our Family
Our Family
June 16 - Train to Sasebo
June 16 - Train to Sasebo
Sumiko and Takayoshi
Sumiko and Takayoshi
Fields
Fields
Huis Ten Bosch
Huis Ten Bosch
ANA Hotel
ANA Hotel
Duck
Duck
Boat
Boat
Fountain
Fountain
Sisters
Sisters
Mr. and Mrs. Yamamoto
Mr. and Mrs. Yamamoto
Gardens
Gardens
Gardens
Gardens
Berries
Berries
Say Cheese
Say Cheese
Konichiwa!
Konichiwa!
Mascot
Mascot
Aunties
Aunties
Super Trick Art
Super Trick Art
Super Trick Art
Super Trick Art
Breakfast of Champions
Breakfast of Champions
Mothra
Mothra
Imagine if
Imagine if
Totoro
Totoro
Totoro
Totoro
Totoro Poster
Totoro Poster
Poster Detail
Poster Detail
Ushi-san
Ushi-san
Ushi-san
Ushi-san
Inu-san
Inu-san
Huis Ten Bosch
Huis Ten Bosch
Huis Ten Bosch
Huis Ten Bosch
Totoro!
Totoro!
Dinner
Dinner
Onsen Time
Onsen Time
June 17 - Morning Stroll
June 17 - Morning Stroll
Breakfast
Breakfast
Distinguished Gentlemen
Distinguished Gentlemen
Train back to Fukuoka
Train back to Fukuoka
Fish Face
Fish Face
Sumiko
Sumiko
Lunch
Lunch
Sayonara!
Sayonara!
Shinkansen
Shinkansen
Sake-san
Sake-san
June 18 - Kyoto
June 18 - Kyoto
Breakfast Alfresco
Breakfast Alfresco
Ready for School
Ready for School
So Cute!
So Cute!
Nijo-jo
Nijo-jo
Nijo-jo
Nijo-jo
Duck-san
Duck-san
Castle Main Gate
Castle Main Gate
Ready to go
Ready to go
Uniformity
Uniformity
Nijo-jo
Nijo-jo
Gate to Nimaru Palace
Gate to Nimaru Palace
Ninomaru Palace
Ninomaru Palace
Beth
Beth
Bells
Bells
Sign
Sign
Ninomaru Palace
Ninomaru Palace
Ninomaru Palace
Ninomaru Palace
Nightingale Floors
Nightingale Floors
Ninomaru Garden
Ninomaru Garden
Ninomaru Garden
Ninomaru Garden
Honmaru Palace Entrance
Honmaru Palace Entrance
Gate
Gate
Inner Moat
Inner Moat
Gate to Inner Palace
Gate to Inner Palace
Gate
Gate
Wall
Wall
Gate
Gate
Gardens
Gardens
Lantern
Lantern
Lantern
Lantern
Honmaru Palace
Honmaru Palace
Honmaru Place
Honmaru Place
Inner Moat and Kyoto
Inner Moat and Kyoto
Bridge
Bridge
Ninomaru Palace
Ninomaru Palace
Walk
Walk
Group Walk
Group Walk
Walk
Walk
Inner Moat Reflection
Inner Moat Reflection
Maples
Maples
Seiryu-en Garden
Seiryu-en Garden
Inner Moat Reflections
Inner Moat Reflections
No Scribbling
No Scribbling
Wall
Wall
Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavillion)
Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavillion)
Shr
Shôrô
Kinkaku-ji
Kinkaku-ji
Kinkaku-ji
Kinkaku-ji
Kinkaku-ji
Kinkaku-ji
Kinkaku-ji
Kinkaku-ji
Shin'un Shrine
Shin'un Shrine
Sweeping Leaves
Sweeping Leaves
Rymon Taki
Ryûmon Taki
Anmintaku
Anmintaku
Hakuja no Tsuka
Hakuja no Tsuka
Lantern
Lantern
Sekkatei Teahouse
Sekkatei Teahouse
Visitor's Teahouse
Visitor's Teahouse
Fudd
Fudôdô
Lanterns R Us
Lanterns R Us
Ryoan-ji
Ryoan-ji
Tsukubai
Tsukubai
Buddah
Buddah
Karesansui
Karesansui
Karesansui
Karesansui
Rock Formation
Rock Formation
Rock Formation
Rock Formation
Rock Formation
Rock Formation
Rock Formation
Rock Formation
Rock Formation
Rock Formation
Edge of Garden
Edge of Garden
Wall of the Zen Garden
Wall of the Zen Garden
Hojo
Hojo
Lantern
Lantern
Lantern
Lantern
Roof
Roof
Tsukubai
Tsukubai
Gate
Gate
Cedars
Cedars
Trellis
Trellis
Hmmm
Hmmm
Shrine
Shrine
Nanzen-Ji
Nanzen-Ji
Nanzen-ji Sanmon
Nanzen-ji Sanmon
In front of the Gate
In front of the Gate
Lantern
Lantern
Lauren and Lantern
Lauren and Lantern
Grandpa Don
Grandpa Don
Lauren
Lauren
Sign post
Sign post
Nanzan-ji
Nanzan-ji
Incense Burner
Incense Burner
Monument
Monument
Temple Bell
Temple Bell
Roadside Shrine
Roadside Shrine
Maiko
Maiko
Takahashi Toku Kimono Company
Takahashi Toku Kimono Company
Zen Garden
Zen Garden
Tuskubai
Tuskubai
Noriko and Mr. Takahasi
Noriko and Mr. Takahasi
Memories
Memories
6/24/2008
Lauren and Grandpa
Lauren and Grandpa
Koji & Ikuko Takahashi
Koji & Ikuko Takahashi
Process
Process
Designer
Designer
Inspiration
Inspiration
Tracing
Tracing
Detail
Detail
Modeling
Modeling
Transferring the Design
Transferring the Design
Color Application
Color Application
Process
Process
Color
Color
Flowers
Flowers
Drying
Drying
Washing
Washing
Drying
Drying
Special Treat
Special Treat
Wedding Kimono
Wedding Kimono
Proud Creator
Proud Creator
Dressing Lauren
Dressing Lauren
Arranging
Arranging
Back side
Back side
Beautiful
Beautiful
Memories
Memories
Modern
Modern
Nice
Nice
Jeans
Jeans
Jacket
Jacket
Beth's Turn
Beth's Turn
Fitting
Fitting
Beautiful
Beautiful
Elegant
Elegant
The Takahashi Family
The Takahashi Family
The Plumley Family
The Plumley Family
Dinner
Dinner
Father and Daughter
Father and Daughter
Mrs. Takahashi and Don
Mrs. Takahashi and Don
Father and Son
Father and Son
Surprise
Surprise
Nightime Stroll
Nightime Stroll
June 19 - Himeji Castle
June 19 - Himeji Castle
Himeji Castle
Himeji Castle
Himeji View
Himeji View
Main Gate
Main Gate
Himeji Castle
Himeji Castle
Donjon
Donjon
Kurosawa
Kurosawa
White Egret
White Egret
Himeji Castle
Himeji Castle
Himeji Castle
Himeji Castle
Mother and Daughter
Mother and Daughter
Long-time friends
Long-time friends
Family View
Family View
Another View
Another View
With Grandpa Don
With Grandpa Don
With the Takahashi's
With the Takahashi's
Passageway
Passageway
Imposing
Imposing
Artist
Artist
Spider's View
Spider's View
Fortress
Fortress
Tiles
Tiles
Perspective
Perspective
Towering
Towering
Passageway
Passageway
Gate
Gate
Donated Stones
Donated Stones
Rock Chutes
Rock Chutes
Family Crest Tiles
Family Crest Tiles
Crests
Crests
Crest Design
Crest Design
Crest Design
Crest Design
Crests
Crests
Crest Tiles
Crest Tiles
Courtyard
Courtyard
Grain storehouse
Grain storehouse
Roofline
Roofline
Courtyard
Courtyard
Walls
Walls
No Scribbles
No Scribbles
Wall
Wall
Inside the Casle
Inside the Casle
Weapons Racks
Weapons Racks
Weapon Racks
Weapon Racks
Samurai Armor
Samurai Armor
Saddle
Saddle
Stairs
Stairs
Massive Timber
Massive Timber
Shachi-gawra
Shachi-gawra
Shachi-gawra
Shachi-gawra
Himeji city view
Himeji city view
Osakabe Shrine
Osakabe Shrine
Shrine
Shrine
Shrine
Shrine
Castle Model
Castle Model
Feudal Town Map
Feudal Town Map
Door
Door
Main Donjon
Main Donjon
Decorative Windows
Decorative Windows
Noriko and Don
Noriko and Don
Father and Son
Father and Son
6/24/2008
A Zoo?
A Zoo?
Astro Boy
Astro Boy
Colonel Sanders-san
Colonel Sanders-san
Almost good enough to eat
Almost good enough to eat
Yummy
Yummy
Last Dinner
Last Dinner
June 20 - Rokkakudo Temple
June 20 - Rokkakudo Temple
Rokkakudo Temple
Rokkakudo Temple
Rokkakudo Temple
Rokkakudo Temple
Rokkakudo Temple
Rokkakudo Temple
Window Display
Window Display
Nishiki Food Market
Nishiki Food Market
Nishiki Food Market
Nishiki Food Market
Pickles
Pickles
Fish
Fish
Tea Candies
Tea Candies
Tofu
Tofu
Something
Something
Fish
Fish
Fried Goodness
Fried Goodness
Nori
Nori
Pickled Vegtables
Pickled Vegtables
Rice
Rice
Elderly shopper
Elderly shopper
Fruit and Vegtables
Fruit and Vegtables
Beans
Beans
Pickles
Pickles
Egg Land
Egg Land
Tamagoyaki
Tamagoyaki
Seasoned Vegtables
Seasoned Vegtables
Dried Fish
Dried Fish
Meat
Meat
Sake
Sake
Cutlery
Cutlery
Cats
Cats
Time to head home
Time to head home

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