In Japan

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We spent a few days in Kyoto on our way to Seoul, where Katherine’s cousin was getting married. This is the visual story. It was also a few years back, so it’s nice to relive these moments again. It was all shot in either color slide or black and white film.

What a lovely city – quiet, clean, and everyone we encountered was pleasant, nice and made you feel welcome. Katherine’s great grand-uncle lives there, age 96 (now he’s 98), and we visited him and his supporting close family and friends. He challenged me to a Korean arm-wrestling match, and won. Ask me about the story in person on a trip or at a campfire, it’s a fun one. We visited his wife, aged 93 at the time, in a group home, for a visit and to spend some time saying hello. She has now passed, but was so happy to see us all and to share some smiles and moments.

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The morning after we arrived, eating a light breakfast before boarding a bullet train to Kyoto.

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Outside a taxi window near sunset in Kyoto.

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Walking along a narrow street on the way to an amazing dinner.

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The Katherine wooshes, as she’s so happy to be here with family.

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Amazing amazing many course meal in Kyoto.

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Becca reacts to a dramatic and sad series of family stories.

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Eating some delicious ramen near a teahouse.

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Taxi gloves and watch. Drivers are paid with fair wages so tips are not accepted and the job is often staffed by the elderly.

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“Your too cold… your hands are too cold.”

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Katherine’s grandmother makes friends.

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Incensed offerings at a temple.

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Street scene in Kyoto.

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Love the pedicab.

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Drinking matcha at a teahouse in Kyoto.

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The scene outside a train station.

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Katherine’s great grand-uncle of 96 years in his kitchen, with paintings of him and family above.

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Instant tea… or was it coffee? Yum.

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Memory lane

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Singing a folk song that he loved when he was 12… 84 years ago.

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In the living room. Same spot where he challenged me to an arm wrestling match and won.

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Katherine listens to her family singing Korean folk songs.

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Katherine gets emotional while listing and recording her great grand uncle sing folk songs.

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One of my favorite photographs.. Katherine gets consoled by her grand uncle after hearing him sing in his house in Kyoto.

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The mood turns festive after K’s grandmother sings one the country’s most beloved songs… Arirang.

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I love family laughing.

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