Family vacations, YAY US!!! From the Front Page Sections, translated…
After the kids are done with their exams, we’d gone to Hokkaido to travel. These couple of years, we’d started going on summer trips with the kids, it’d become the most cherished time and the memories we shared. Before last summer’s Alaskan cruise was over, we’d all agreed that twenty years from now, it would be the two of them, brother and sister, who take us, the parents back on the visit again, recalling that, it’d made me feel all warm on the inside. This year, we’d even gone bolder, we’d rented an RV and drove it ourselves, we’d camped inside the vehicle at nights, and, we’d gone to places and slept inside the car, without any traveling plans, and if we needed a bath, then, we’d tried to find a spa, and if we needed to go to the bathrooms, we’d find public restrooms, for the family, this, was an all-new experience.
At first, I was worried about not adjusting to the signaling of turns, before we’d gone abroad, my friend taught me a key phrase, “Left Near, Right Far”, I’d found it to be more than useful. Usually, driving straight ahead was no problem at all, but, making a turn, that, is when things can go wrong. And so, when I made a left turn, I’d turned to the lane closest to my original lane, and right turn, I’d turn on the farthest one from where I was before, that way, everything IS cleared up. What I forgot to do the most, was use my signals, the right signal was on the left, the left signal, on the right, and, often, when I wanted to signal, I’d turned on the windshield wipers instead. And, the best part about Japan is that you can use cell phones to or the map codes to input the destination you wanted to go to, I hope, that the Taiwanese navigation systems can do that too, but it can’t.
Another thing I was worried from before the trip was, the need to go to the bathrooms, but, as I drove on there were many public and clean restroom areas, and if we were lucky, we’d find one of the restrooms that are beautifully decorated too, and it puts the four-star hotels to shame. And, a kind of work ethics that the Japanese people carried had made me in awe for a very long time. In the restrooms of a campsite, the cleaning lady not only worked hard, to keep the environment spotless, she’d even folded the toilet papers into triangles, and, the quality is comparable to that of a four-star hotel. When everybody works hard, to fulfill one’s own duties best as one can, that, would be the MOST beautiful scenery.
The most impressive city on this trip for me was Otaru City, next to the Otaru Canal, there lay bronze sculpture after bronze sculpture paintings, and, it’d kept the passersby intrigued by the moving sceneries, and also get touched by the beauty of the local ways.
We stood by the canal and held conversations with the artists themselves, after hearing that we’re from Taiwan, they’d thanked us for the donations for the Tsunami. We’d bought two very well-designed toy guns, made from wires, and it can shoot out countless robber bands. This artist said, that it would take him one to two weeks to make a batch of products, then, he’d taken it out to the streets to sell them, and, the most joy he got was from the smiles on the children’s faces as they played with the toys he’d made. Seeing how there was this dent on his hands, from holding his tools, working with them long term, I thought that he got that from an injury, but it was from making the items, and, I was in awe at how much mind he’d put into making his product, along with the hardships he must’ve weathered.
We’d taken the gondola up the steep hill, and witnessed another kind of beautiful scenery. The gondola ride was smooth, after we’d gone up that first section, we could go up another section, with two people per gondola. Even though it is the summer seasons, but the snow from the winter had yet to melt off, and the kids were making snowballs and having a snowball fight, having tons of fun. After we were taken down, I realized that my child forgot his hat, I asked the station staff to help me look, and, the station staff even allowed us to take another trip up, to look for it ourselves, and, it’d given me a closer look at how nice the Japanese people are.
Of course, the trip is NOT entirely positive, the English ability in Japan is really awful, and, we’d gone into a shop, and spoke in English to the staff, and they’d waved their hands at us, NOT selling food to us. But, on a general level, most people we met were extremely nice.
How long was it, since you’d taken your last vacation? Especially one that involves the whole family? For me, the destination isn’t as important as the company. NO matter how busy life gets, how many hardships are facing you, how much responsibilities you’re carrying, do make the time, to take a family vacation together. The shared memories of the family, can be replaced by nothing else.
The writer of this article is right, when you go to a new place, what’s most impressive would NOT be the sights, like the buildings, the nature, but the interactions with the locals that you have there, but, I disagree on what he said, that vacations must be taken with members of one’s own family, in fact, I’d rather travel ALONE on my own, that way, I wouldn’t have to listen to a WHOLE lot of SHIT, but that, is just me, and, maybe you would think differently, because you’d had great family experiences in the past, but I never had, and so, it’s still different for everybody.