Here's part 2 of our journey story! Here is Beth checking in to the hotel we stayed in our first night. They didn't speak much English at the front desk...(the Part 1 shots of the boys waiting in the lobby illustrate how long this took).
Here the boys inspect their first Japanese toilet! This one came with a full control panel. On Sunday morning Max got my pant legs all wet when he "accidentally" hit the "for ladies only" bidet button. (I was standing at the sink)
We also checked out the gorgeous Japanese bath setup in our room. We were so happy to take a Japanese style bath here (full shower, then a soak in the gigantic tub!) after our long voyage.
Alek models one of the complimentary (adult size) robes after his bath. I think this style is called a jinbei.
After a decent sleep (we woke up a few times) we expected to use the hotel pool. But it cost Y1000 for each person! (that's about $12). So we passed. Here we are waiting to meet Beth's colleague.
We were met by V. and H., Beth's research colleague and his wife. They showed us to our new house and told us how to use the hot water and laundry. Later on, they provided a helpful tour of the grocery store nearby:
Here we are in the tofu section (I think?)
I know you all want to see our house! I will post a full tour later. For now, here is an action shot of Beth cooking our first meal! (We made tempura udon from a kit).
At breakfast next morning, Alek gamely took a bite of this onigiri (rice ball).
Alek, what did it taste like? ("like seaweed.") Did you like the taste? ("yes")
Max and Hugo at our first breakfast. We have eaten two huge breakfasts so far...partly because our bellies still think it is dinnertime!
It is incredibly HOT and HUMID Kyoto all week. Monday the heat index was 107! Monday morning, we went to apply for our Alien Registration cards with V's help. But the heat (and jet lag) are sapping our energy--we really don't want to go out! The boys have been gorging on DS time in our air conditioned house. Today we are going to try to find some air conditioned places to hang out. We need to buy the boys some lunchboxes for school. Stay tuned for more photos of our first week!