The Kwaszenko family members managed to coalesce from disparate locations around the planet in   Tokyo at number 1 daughter and boyfriends residence.

These two were in Shibuya 109. This is a down town store specifically dedicated to youth fashion. It had so much vibrancy and excitement that was really engaging.

Two Dolly teens in Shibuya 109

Two Dolly teens in Shibuya 109


Temperature is C7 !!!!, a staggering level, considering that we had come from C32 in Malaysia. Christmas shopping in Shinjuku  is a joy as the propensity of the Japanese for courteous deference and constant politeness is so refreshing when “out and about” shopping and on the “super efficient” subway system. Christmas Day was spent on a little sojourn to “Yoyogi Park“. We were accosted by a group of whacky street performance artists and got roped in to a mime which involved us getting dressed in party hats, a false moustache and a musical instrument.

The Impressario

The Impressario

We were then requested to make our way down some steps with a group of others (equally strangely dressed) and a film was made. Bizarre!!

Not a sound was heard and nobody fell....

Not a sound was heard and nobody fell….

Shibuya was a “couldron” of shops, shoppers,street music, traffic all conspiring to create the buzz and vibrancy which Tokyo has in copious amounts.

The courtesy shown to us on many occasions was so heartening. People would come to us to ask if we were lost, or needed any direction to a particular place or store.


At first, slightly cynical and a little sceptical. But with cajoling and encouragement engaged the highly spirited performance.

Going up… come down!!

Good time crew

Good time crew

It’s only Rock ‘nd Roll, but I like it…

A happy and engaging bunch. How refreshingly honest Good Fun.

There was a real buzz about this lot of performers in the park. They put so much energy into it that was so engaging and great fun.

But, "They liked Sushi"!! was the title of the number they were singing

But, “They liked Sushi”!! was the title of the number they were singing

The title was repeated over and over until….”Everybody Liked Sushi!”

Just too much partying, I guess.

Obviously too much for a couple on the Tokyo underground.

Obviously too much for a couple on the Tokyo underground.

Used to be able to go all weekend and then turn up for work on a Monday morning, ready to go….Not any more, I’m afraid.

Where the Dickens are we?DSCF2288

Travelled by Shinkhansen to Gala Yuzawa ski resort three hours out west from Tokyo. We got to the room mid afternoon. It was so cold in the room ( as the season had just started and the heating had not been put on) that one simply had to get warm….somehow!!DSCF2346!

Beautiful day, beautiful environment. Great place to ski and to get to as the Bullet train stops at  Yuzawa station, where the ski lift is.DSCF2376

Obviously over exerted himself on the demanding slopes andDSCF2387 in need of a brief respite.

Dynamic duo.

Dining “Korean Style” in Japan by way of a  change. How bizarre!DSCF2403

Back in “Blighty” by 04.01.13 in time for snowfalls and freezing temperatures.DSCF2480

Now beginning to miss the sun!