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... tea in a small tea house on Nakajima-no-shima Island that is a tiny island within a larger pond in the gardens. The hostess only takes 6 at a time at a cost of 800 yen each, which is expensive for a cup of tea, but you pay for the privilege of the experience. We were lucky as I met a young Japanese man and his girlfriend at the footbridge entry and he said "you have to try it, worth the 800 yen". We got his vacant spot. The hostess then closes the ...
... well south of Takayama. So some time for reflections.
Everything talks to you in Japan or makes a noise of some sort. The escalators, the lifts, the trains, the little machines the train cleaners push along the station, etc. They are particularly fond of a jingle. One plays just before a train departs or arrives at a train station which seems essential as so many people go to sleep on the train, it at least wakes ...
We boarded our final train ride bound for Takamatsu, the
last destination on this trip. I’ve come to discover that it doesn’t really
matter whether or not you can read what your train ticket says as long as you
know your arrival time you get off the train at that station. These trains
arrive and depart to the minute – there is usually a clock in each train car
and no kidding the train leaves right ...
... we were safely ensconced in our room at Benesse House on Naoshima. It is a beautiful spot and our room looks out over the Seto Sea. For dinner we ordered the bento boxes (containing traditional Japanese food). It is very quiet here, the beds look very comfortable, and our room is just wonderful. A good nights sleep is on the cards before exploring some of the art museums tomorrow.
... and a half bottles of wine. Whoops.
On Sunday 11th, we were hung-oh-ver, but needed to check out and see some of the sights in Okayama. We managed breakfast and packing well, left our bags with the hotel, and headed to Okayama castle and the Korakuen gardens. About a kilometre along the road, we happened upon some kind of food convention, ignored it, and went to the castle grounds where there was another kind of food convention. We ...