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Japan has been a culinary expedition as we've worked our way through the staple food groups: soba, udon, ramen, sushi, miso, teppanyaki, bento box, etc. Usually with some mysterious item such as weird ginger, tiny purple dumplings, odd vegetables. So I was munching through my vegetables (with pork of course) when I came across a strange clear-ish item with black specks which had the remarkable consistency of jelly. It ...
... 2-3 days and are usually in celebration of that years rice harvest. Things get kicked off in the morning/early afternoon, with street parades and dancing before progressing into the evening with fireworks and drinking. Typically seen as a time for the traditionally conservative Japanese people to let their hair down a little and party, matsuri attract people from miles around. Take it from someone who knows... these people definitely know how ...
... br> It is relatively quiet and doesn't have a "city-feel" at all. The streets are wide and clean, there is little traffic and the people are all incredibly kind and respectful. I am sure that I will delve into the differences in culture between Japan and the UK in future posts, but suffice it to say at this point that I could not feel more welcomed. This, I suspect, is not a feeling enjoyed by most immigrants new to the UK.
Our first night ...
After traditional breakfast at Ryokan we said goodbye to Miwako and family who were going back to Yokohama.Then went to the MOA gallery in Atami.An incredible gallery in a place of this size.The building itself is a stunning work of art built into mountainside and the collection is fascinating.Dear Keiko working her socks off translating for us.Do google MOA gallery. We then had an hour or so before train time so just strolled around shops near station - almost all food ...
So,61 today and this morning we meet up with Makoto and Yoshika and Keiko's sister Miwako and her family.Then off on train again,this time to Atami for a birthday treat. Before we set off Tom and Keiko gave lovely present of teapot and trivet and the roasted green tea which I love.Also fab card which hope to show ypu. Then by train to Atami.A resort like a mega-Cleethorpes,but in ...
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