Matsue New Urban Hotel
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... We then had to get to the local train station, the Ichibata Railway Line.
Our train had only two carriages and the local station attendant went up to Arthur 10 minutes before it was due to leave and whispered to him that we should go on the train now, and go to the first carriage. We duly did as he suggested and found that three quarters of the first carriage had seats facing large picture windows. When everyone else was allowed on the station, ...
... it is Golden Week, there were thousands of Japanese making a pilgrimage to this important cultural and spiritual Shrine.
We then made a visit to Museum and learned that in 2000, wooden pillars were uncovered on the Izumo Taisha shrine grounds. Each pillar was made from three trees bound together to make a single giant pillar with a diameter of three meters (almost 10 feet). Estimated to be from the mid-13th century, they were used ...
In Matsue the travellers went to a medieval castle (not a reconstruction this time) - another discount for foreigners.
A cold drizzle prevailed through the drive to Adachi Museum of Art. This museum is actually most famous for its gardens (apparently have won best Japanese garden prize every year for veritable ages). Most notably, however, ...
... lack of a proper foundational knowledge severely impeded her appreciation of places like Izumo-taisha.
As a student, she learned much that was of little interest at the time, but now, when faced with those things, that long-ago-acquired knowledge kicks in and interest grows boundlessly. Unfortunately, she was never compelled to learn much of ancient Asian history or culture. However, to be fair, there isn't enough time to study everything.
... one of the biggest in Japan. You need to take your shoes off when exploring the wooden interiors of the castle and the exhibition halls.
We have strolled down the castle grounds, with cherry trees in bloom, walk around the samurai district and various shrines, temples and tea houses. We tried the local Izumo soba (buckwheat noodle) with spring onion, sea weed and some sauce with delicious duck soup and green tea - we have ate it in a ...