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... the castle moat. This is the area where middle-ranking samurai families lived and the original houses in this area have been preserved. the samurai house we visited was built over 270 years ago. The house displays many historical artefacts such as clothing and swords, furniture and domestic items. The elegance of the entrance and guestroom, contrasts with the minimalist simplicity of the living quarters, highlighting the distinction the samurai made ...
... and, after a wander around a large shopping mall, we arrived back at our Japanese home well and truly tired.
We have absolutely loved our time in Sagiura and although I couldn't find it on the map, I hope that Mr Abe and Kento are successful in their bid to revive the fortunes of the area.
Thanks, once again, to our lovely new friends, Kento and Giovanna, we really enjoyed our time with them so much.
Tomorrow we go to Matsue.
... 50% discount for foreigners - 1150 yen instead of 2300! Of course, again, Fox and Mouse felt much sorrow for the sisters Ito; every other country privileges the local before the foreign - ahh, Japanese hospitality.
After a drive through snow, they arrived in Kurashiki and a delicious dinner ordered from a machine (but brought out by a human).
Discounts abound for the student, the retiree, and the local; however, who has ever received a discount for simply being a foreigner? At the Nima Sand Museum and the Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine, Fox and Mouse gloried in such hospitality (while also feeling sorry for the sisters Ito).
The Sand Museum was a bit interesting, but surely more for those with Japanese literacy. Fox really enjoyed the sand bookmark craft at the end.
... jeszcze góruje nad miastem, a w nim samuraja! Aby zwiedzić komnaty zamku musieliśmy zdjąć buty i w kapciuszkach mogliśmy już chodzić po drewnianych podłogach.
Przechadzaliśmy się alejkami wypełnionymi dawnymi domami samurajów oraz świątyniami aż dotarliśmy do complexu drewnianych domków, w którym zatrzymaliśmy się aby spróbować lokalnej kuchni - zupa ...