This time last year I was enjoying my third Christmas in a row in Kyoto town. It's strange to be back in Australia experience a summer festive season. Yes its a beautiful sunny, blue-skied day and the air is scented withs tropical fruits and sea-spray but I miss the snow, and Kyoto's mountains, the misty street scenes and hanging out in cosy cafes writing down my observations and sipping on everything from nama caramel latte to candycane cappuccino..
Most of all I miss my Kyoto friends. I so wish we could be sharing another silly season with you lot. We shall again one day - soon. But right now we get to spend a few food-and-fancy-filled days with friends and family down under for the first time in a while.. it feels like the first time in a way...
I'm looking forward to a very Aussie Christmas in a way I never expected but at this very moment it's Kyoto I'm thinking of.... lucky for me I have a truckload of photos to smile over. Here's a few snaps our our wintry Japanese festivities from last year.
A very merry holiday to you and yours.
Remembering those who cannot be with us for one reason or another.
This time of the year can really hammer things home... please be gentle with yourselves.
Here's to a magnificent 2013.
PS - Here's a couple of links to previous Kyoto Christmas' - a little more detail on 2011 and some Hiroshima shots from 2010