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We are now in Kanazawa, north and west of Kyoto. We came up yesterday by a train called Thunderbird and I thoroughly enjoyed the views as we travelled close to the water along the east coast and then moved up into more mountainous areas and saw plenty of picture postcard trees. Kanazawa seems quite wealthy and is beautifully kept - at least from what we have seen so far. There is a castle nearby the Hotel Resol Trinity, where we are staying, and next to the castle is one of ...
... used by Geishas. Today’s Geisha’s roll is very different from the old days. Our guide explained that today they entertain with concerts we saw the flyers advertising the upcoming events.
Then we visited the market known as Kanazawa’s kitchen, where fresh fish and fruits and vegetables abound. Japan is a cash society and away from the largest cities credit cards are not accepted. ...
... not usually on my breakfast menu. And so I can feel like a real Japanese chef I bought a little apron at the market. I can find fabric anywhere, On our way to Kenrokuen Garden we stopped into the famous Daiwa department store and stumbled across the food hall. Classy all the way, with endless rows of fresh food displayed with that beautiful attention to detail. Very cheap sushi, sashimi, and other Japanese treats and outrageous prices on rockmelon (over $90) and huge ...
... the Zelkova tree. The widths of the boards are huge! There are also no nails or clamps in the construction of the house or roof, only vines and straw ropes.
We also take part in a “mochi” making demonstration. Mochi is a traditional desert made of sticky rice, even popular today during the 3 day New Years celebration. After the stick rice was steamed we all took turns pounding it until it turned into dough. They then roll pieces of ...
... is over 300 years old, it’s so clean. We often visit markets on our overseas trips and this is by far the cleanest we’ve ever seen.
Along the streets we see little round silver disks that are in the center of every street. We find out that since it snows in the region and the accumulation is quite significant, the disks will shoot warm water into the snow to help speed up melting. I don't think we saw one street in Kanazawa that ...
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