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... to prominent families in the area; one family was involved in the sake business and the other in the silk industry. Both families, however, do a bit of black market trade in nitric acid which is used to make gunpowder. The timber frames of the houses are beautifully put together, generally connected using rope lashings. They look extremely strong and durable, able to withstand earthquakes and heavy snow.
We also visit the sake museum and ...
... not far from our ryokan. There is also a jazz bar close by as well, so we figure we’ll get the wash on, listen to a little jazz and dash out to change the clothes into the dryer. The machines at the laundromat are both washer and dryers and the cycle lasts 2 hours – perfect. We’ll be back in 2 hours.
The jazz bar is possibly one of the smallest bars we’ve ever been into and most space is taken up with, literally, hundreds of ...
... s the first thing, it doesn't feel like a hotel, it feels like, and you're treated like an honoured guest in someone's home.
The rooms couldn't be any more traditionally designed, with wood and paper sliding doors and bamboo floors. The ryokan backs onto a river which is literally 10 feet away from my patio doors. The owners serve you your 6-7 course dinner at your floor level table after dressing in a full traditional kimono ...
... of the Japanese Alps. After several hours of exploring the temples we got changed and had dinner at a place where I got Hida Beef, a local speciality where you get a plate of thinly sliced beef and you cook it on a grill at your table. Jackie got a plate of assorted sashimi....for two people. She made fun of me throughout the entire meal because since I stopped working I have put on some weight.....so I retaliated by ordering another ...
Today started off ominously. There were dark clouds in the sky, a forecast of over 1.5" of rain, and a very bored child who was edging into a whine by 10am. Admittedly, there wasn't much I could do about the weather and the child had me stumped as well. We had a delicious Japanese breakfast with the hoba miso with its ginger and scallions on rice plus sweet omelette and a variety of pickles and vegetables. Well satisfied we went off to ...
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