The port city of Sakaiminato has two claims to fame – anime and the Matsuba crab. David and I took the sushi making tour. We took the tour bus to the town of Mihonoseki, located at the eastern tip of the Shimane Peninsular. Not sure if this phone switchboard is actually used. We were taken to the Ryokan , Miho-kan for our sushi making experience. Our chef Tomomi Obara guided us and our efforts I think were quite good. We […]
The Diamond Princess received a huge welcome from the people of Takamatsu, fireworks and characters. Takamatsu is located in central Kagawa Prefecture. It is a Port city on the Island of Shikoku in the Seto Inland sea I took the shuttle into the town and walked the 2.5 kms of the shopping street. Of course it was actually 5kms as I had to walk back to the shuttle bus. I love the Japanese shopping street. We got a fabulous send […]
The women Divers of Japan. Some in their 80s and still diving. They dive for shellfish, seaweed and sea urchins now rather that pearls. They cooked the shellfish they caught for us on an open grill. There were no sauces. The shellfish were just cooked in their own juices.I don’t like scallops but these were different and delicious. After our lunch they answered questions and danced. Fabulous tour. These women usually come from a long line of divers. Grandmothers, […]
Back on the Diamond Princess and set sail for Toba. Home of the Women Divers. First stop on the tour was too the Sea Folk Museum. The museum was quite large. There was a lot to see. I just love the museum buildings. One building in the museum housed 100 wooden boats dating back 100s of years. It was wonderful to walk around these boats and smell the old wood.
First port Phu My in Vietnam. Took the bus tour to Ho Chi. Minh City. First stop was the museum Them mummifies body of a 60 year old aristocratic Vietnamese women discovered in Ho Chi Minh City. She was buried in a full shroud with grave goods all of which were soaked in a red solution Water puppets at the Museum Next stop on our tour was the Minh Phuong Laquer Factory Duck eggs that have hatched are used for […]
Day 2 in Seoul started with a visit to Jinny’s workshop. See- Jin Choi is a very talented ceramicist and will be exhibiting her work in Italy in September. Jinny let me play with some clay. It was good to get my hands into clay again although my efforts were somewhat amateurish. Next was a trip to Gilsangsa Temple. The temple is quite young only becoming a temple in 1997. It was once a fancy restaurant but was donated by […]
My friend Jinny who I met through the language school in Kyoto has been asking me to visit her in Seoul and I did. We had a wonderful time. First day we spent a 6 hours at the National Museum of Korea. I love museums and this one was filled with the most amazing and wonderful things from their past. A huge stone pagoda and of course the jewellery was just glorious The end of the day having dinner with […]
Tokyo Skytree is 634 metres high with an observation deck at 350 metres. Construction began in 2008 and finished 2012. There were a few problems with ice falling from the tower and damaging some buildings. This has now been fixed. View from the observation deck gives spectacular views of Tokyo and on a clear day one can see Mt Fuji. If you are brave enough you can stand on a glass floor with views straight down
My friend Yaeko took me to the Yoshihiro Kyoto Style shop for a class in Wagashi making. Wagashi is a sweet made using mochi and anko (bean paste). Wagashi is often eaten before having matcha tea. Yaeko and her creations. We laughed so much at our attempts at making these gorgeous sweets. I think we both did very well. It wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. Our Sensei showing how it is done.