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.