Hotel Leo Palace Okayama
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... no more people can go in. Not sure about the tea which was very green like spinach and which she told me came from nearby Bizen, but the ceremony and the serene view was worth every yen! She bowed so much, and so low that it was almost embarrassing.
Checked out Okayama Castle which is next door to the gardens. Again, much of it was destroyed by bombing in 1945, but has been faithfully reconstructed. It is very impressive with multiple stories. ...
Awake at 1 am to watch the Rugby World Cup final. It is on Japanese TV. Don't understand a word they are saying, but good to have visual combined with The Australian newspaper online realtime blog. Took a sleeping pill and went to bed at half time as clear the All Blacks were the better side and early train to catch. Would have loved the Wallabies to win the trophy but not to be. Final score 34-17.
Cool 2 degrees ...
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One of the highlights of Takamatsu is the Ritsurin gardens.
There are no flowers, rather there are ponds and immaculately sculpted trees
and rocks and traditional tea houses. It is all so simple yet so effective. We
spent a couple of hours here just wandering and sitting and enjoying the
peaceful surroundings. We stopped and had a cup of Matcha tea at one of the
teahouses which was ...
We left our ryokan at 7am this morning and caught an early train from Nara to Kyoto. It was peak hour and by the time the train reached Kyoto it was jam packed. Lots of school kids. At Kyoto station we found a cafe selling a "toast set" and so that is what we ordered. Buttered toast arrived accompanied by a small salad with something fishy on top as well as a small dish of yoghurt, a jammy substance and something orange. We whipped out the ...
... shared a bed for a couple of weeks. We decided to make the most of the expensive hotel, and had a nice evening in.
We didn't leave the following day either. On Saturday 10th, we hung out in the hotel. The furthest we went was the Lawsons convenience shop on the ground floor for snacks and wine. We had a lovely day in, and because we were in, we managed to catch a surprisingly large number of people on Skype! Starting with the wonderful ...