Monday, May 26, 2008

Fun Monday: the let's get out of Dodge edition

Alison at RDH Mom is our charming travel-agent-slash-hostess for Fun Monday today.

She wants to know about other lands -- or at least other counties (yes, counties, not countries), because this is her challenge for us today:

Vacations...this is the time of year when most of us go on vacations. Show us and/or tell us about your favorite vacation - where you went, what you did, etc. Pictures would be great. Let's all take a trip around the world via our FM friends!!
Well, she said, well.

I really have two things to offer here.

The first was for my parents' 55th anniversary. We took a phenomenal trip to Hawaii -- 19 of us. All children, spouses and grandchildren, except for grandson who was still in school and couldn't make it.

It was a most amazing time, filled with memories of sun, surf, good food and the renewing of my parents' wedding vows.

Wow.

Here we are, all dressed alike in our Hawaii Five-5 shirts and hats. (Get it? Book 'em, Danno!) You will see faces you recognize and some semi-identical blobs. I didn't want to post photos of my sibs and kids without their permission, and since they do not (and WILL not) know about my blog ... well. You know.



That vacation was truly cool and wonderful and relaxing, even. But the one that rocked my world was last spring, when I went to Japan.

Wonderhubby and I went with a big group and, yes, I'm being deliberately vague. It was 10 days of exploration, excitement and entertainment, with stays in Tokyo, Kyoto and the mineral springs at Hakone.

We did many amazing things, but one of the most fun was being turned into a geisha.

Watch the transformation ...





























The finishing touches involved a "formal" photo session:



And there we are. From sweet little American girl to geisha on the streets of Kyoto, in 45 minutes!

Now go see where the other Fun Monday'ers are taking us. Bon voyage, y'all!

24 comments:

Hootin' Anni said...

AMAZING!!!!!!! Literally, what a trip....for us all. Love these photos. And what memories.


Take a few trips around the states and into Old Mexico with me if you can find time. My photos and stories are shared!! Happy Monday to you.

Aoj & The Lurchers said...

Wow!! Having just read Memoirs of a a Geisha, I can see that what I imagined how dressing would be, really is....if that makes the slightest bit of sense!!

baby~amore' said...

wow - the geisha experience would have been amazing. What a fabulous trip you must of had.

nikki said...

Great Geisha pictures. I would have been roasting in all those close and sweating off the white face.

kitten said...

WOW! I bet is was just truly great for your parents to renew their vows in Hawaii!
Going to Japan! Wow! Love the pics!

Janet said...

Awesome. How much fun that would be! We had some Japanese students once who let me run around in a kimono type thing for awhile, but nothing that elaborate.
If I was the kid in school who didn't get to go to Hawaii, I would be SO bitter. Was anyone able to make it up to him later?

Sayre said...

So many layers of clothing!!! It's rather amazing that they can move at all...

You are a lovely geisha, by the way.

Pamela said...

I want to do something like that with my extended family -- but maybe a private island with butterflies (: I just don't know who could afford that.

Geisha what?
You are quite beautiful in that get up!

Alison said...

Wow, that is amazing. How comfortable/uncomfortable was the complete outfit. That is truly a once in a lifetime experience!!

thanks for playing this week!!

Joy T. said...

Whoa! Very cool how they transformed you into a Geisha!! It looks a bit uncomfortable and if it was, it's totally worth it to see that last picture. I wonder if I ever visit Japan if they'd allow chubby Geishas :o)

ChrisB said...

That is two fabulous trips. The Geisha transformation looks absolutely fantastic, but what did it feel like? I always get the impression it would be hot and cumbersome~ but I'm probably wrong!

grace said...

wow! I love the 45 minutes geisha transformation!

Cruise Mom said...

I love the Geisha pictures. Is that outfit as hot and uncomfortable as it looks?

Mariposa said...

So nice...and am so happy you enjoyed Tokyo! I always go there...to the point that it's too familiar for me...and I love to dress in kimono...and looking at the photos really did make me smile! ;)

Have a nice week!

abritdifferent said...

HOLY CRAAAAAP! I can't imagine what Winter dressing with a bloody snowsuit on is like...

You scrub up very nice though! Excellent souvenirs!

anglophilefootballfanatic said...

I love the Hawaii 55 shot with you sitting up front there. But, holy cow is that a ton of clothing or what? Talk about winning in strip poker. You had 18 chances in that get up!! You beat me in Scrabble by 3 points. MYYYHhh.

Molly said...

Both of your trips sound wonderful. Your pictures of the transformation to geisha are amazing.

Faye said...

Oh my goodness Janet--what a coincidence! I have just read the book, Educating Alice--Adventures of a Curious Woman by Alice Steinbach. One of her "classes" was to attend a geisha school in Japan. You would so appreciate this book after your own experience.

Great post!

K said...

Oh cool! I wanna get dressed up like a geisha!!

cacklinrose said...

Wow!!
I think your "I'm really trying not to smile" smile is cute! Now how was it being a Geisha! Was it uncomfortable (the clothing and makeup)?

Burgh Baby's Mom said...

I love the geisha photos. Very cool!

And, I think it's amazing how much all of your family looks alike. It's just plain crazy how they all have the exact same face.

Sauntering Soul said...

How cool! My mom dressed up as a geisha for Halloween a few years ago. Somehow it wasn't the same as hearing your story and seeing your photos. :-)

Canadian flake said...

wowzers that is sooooooo cool...
amazing pics, thanks for sharing.

Janet said...

oh what fun! Both trips, really. I loved Japan and am so grateful I got the chance to live there :-) What's not to like about Hawaii? Mmmm, spam musubi ;-)

 
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