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. […]
It is beleived that Oka Castle was originally built in 1185 by the general Ogata Koreyoshi. The ruins of the castle are very interesting with fabulous views. It gave me a better idea of how and where these castles were built. On the way to the castle we came across this weird little place that had hundreds of trees trimmed into animals. There were also deer that you could feed.
Mt Aso National park is located in the Kumamoto Prefecture and is one of the largest calderas in the world. It is 17 Km across from east to west, 25 km north to south and has an area of roughly 350 square km. The group of five volcanoes in the centre of the caldera, that includes Mt Taka, Mt Eboshi, Mt Kijima, Mt Neko and the still very active Mt Naka is referred to as Mt Aso. There is no […]