Hotel Alpha-1 Nagaoka
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I worked with Shun Sawada in 1995 teaching English at Niitsu High School and had the pleasure of meeting his lovely wife, Suzuyo, many times as she taught me Ikebana, Japanese flower arranging. Such a beautiful home, delicious food and stunning Japanese garden and bonsai. A wonderful visit to Yahiko mountain and shrine and the seaside. A trip into Niigata city to Kobari Beach, Sea of Japan. Such kind ...
Ten years have now passed since I first landed in Narita airport. I'll never forget the strange smells, sounds and sights that confronted me on that Shinkansen (bullet train) journey to my new home. Although Japan is a world away from my life now ...
... It was about a 40min bus ride, and then a 10min walk. The gallery was just amazing. I got to see up close some of the tanks that have featured in his work, and many others. He has so much expensive equipment in each of his tanks, there must have been tens of thousands of dollars worth of stuff there. I also saw his photography equipment collection, which was just massive. All of the tanks were so clear, and had stunning arrangements ...
... of the events. "At five, the wake starts. Monks come along and read scriptures. We are lucky. Because monks of this family's Buddhist sect don't spend much time on reading scriptures. Also it is a pretty frugal sect, really. Whereas ours, the one that I married into, is quite ornate. At one funeral we had four monks come with cymbals and small drums and all. What was more, we had to pay those monks per head. Ah, so much money! But ...
... think things can get any worse there is some light in the dark. An ozzie living in this small alpine town ask us where we are going and gives us a life to the hostel...... We then head out for Japanese pizza..... pretty nice.... cool little bar, done in a mock Alpine style full of Japanese, freaky. The next day it is snowboarding, and it is cheap approx 35euro for ...
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