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... and Nabana no Sato. My mom is getting weaker these days and I was worried that she might not be able to walk up from the car park to the main house of worship, but she managed to complete the pilgrimage. Because we don't know whether we can do this again together in the future, we were very happy with the successful pilgrimage. Then we explored in Oharai-machi and Okage-yokocho. We tasted Akafuku rice cake, Matsusaka beef skewer, and sweet ...
birthday!) and it was time for us to head to Kyoto. Despite our experience of
Japan, we made a beginners’ error of not boarding the right train initially,
getting confused between all the different types of train services (rapid,
super-rapid, etc). At least we were going in the right direction and we met a
very nice Japanese man on the way who was even offering to pay the ticket price
difference for us, incredible!
When the parade started to move we went to watch. It was incredible! At the head of the line was a huge float with a large Ise Ebi model that moved! Behind this float was wagon-type vehicle carrying a large group of traditional Japanese drummers from the high school, from which the festival's music emanated from. And afterwards, a long line of dancers of various ages and skill, from near and far all dancing to the same festival music. Spaced throughout this line was ...
Karen came to the hotel and brought us breakfast. We, then headed back to her apartment to collect her Koto and go to her last Koto lesson. Talk about dedication. We traveled quite a way by train (past Fushimi) and then walked a good distance with this 6 foot long tree trunk. We got to met her Koto sensei and her sensei's husband (who Karen said she'd never seen before!). They treated us ...
Today was a long day. After three hours of transit, including a cancelled train due to accident (which in itself is so unusual as to be infuriating.) It's probably my own fault scheduling this day on so little time, knowing the connections are few and far between.
As a continuation of escaping the heat and seeing places I haven’t been before, I decided to do a sweep through the Wakayama peninsula (Kii Hanto), which is like a ...