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.
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
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
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 […]
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.