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.
http://www.roketsu.com Just had a fabulous experience here in Kyoto with my friend Yaeko. Thank you for my early birthday present. Now have a new appreciation for Batik artists, that wax just gets everywhere except where you want it to go. Yaeko seemed to be a natural. Ready for dying Finshed
My good friend Yeako took me to a New Years Concert presented by Kyoto Women’s University on the shores of the beautiful Lake Biwa. The programme started with two sopranos, a tenor and a children’s choir. They sang without any backing music and it was all very beautiful. I think they had something to do with the Otani Tu Buddhist University, Next music with a brass orchestra composed by Hiroshi Ohguri. Interval was followed by songs from the Sound of […]
We had a wonderful visit from our friends Yuko san and Ura san. Yuko san and I went to Nishiki Dori, the food street in Kyoto for all the ingredients for Temaki Sushi ( hand rolled sushi) for our dinner. The idea is that you put all the ingredients on the table and everyone makes their own sushi. Shopping in Nishiki Dori for the ingredients for Temaki Sushi Our purchases..Nori, salmon, tuna on the bone, octopus, shellfish, akagai, trevally, egg and […]
I really enjoy going to the Shrines & Temples here in Japan . What I didn’t know about was Goshuin. These are stamps – shuin that you can get at most Shrines & Temples in Japan. Temple or shrine attendants will stamp your book and then hand write with ink & brush the name of the shrine or temple and the date. You must have a special book- goshuin chou for the shuin. Don’t try and get a stamp in […]
Next day was a trip the The Hakone Shrine. It is the custom to go there in January to pray for a good year. The shrine was magnificent nestled in amongst huge pine trees. The Landmark Shopping Centre & Tower. Spectacular views of Tokyo and Yokohama from the 69th floor that is reached by the fastest elevator in Japan.
We were picked up by our friends Mike san & Mariko san and taken to the Isuzu Guest House. The house is fabulous with great rooms and lovely gardens and we are very lucky to be invited to stay. Settled in, took the onsen and then had a huge delicious dinner that was beautiful presented. Mariko san made us traditional Japanese Tea and then Kareoke. Interesting as David and I can’t sing but it is always fun….after a few drinks. […]