Okayama Green Hotel
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... call it "crow castle " as it is painted black.
We then caught the train to Kurashika which has old historic buildings that had mostly been storehouses and granaries in the old days. Kurashiki means "store house village". They are situated on a canal system. It was very low key and we seemed to be the only foreigners there but it has a very good art gallery with original Picasso's, Matisse, Cezanne, Joan Mori and others. A rich local ...
Awake at 1 am to watch the Rugby World Cup final. It is on Japanese TV. Don't understand a word they are saying, but good to have visual combined with The Australian newspaper online realtime blog. Took a sleeping pill and went to bed at half time as clear the All Blacks were the better side and early train to catch. Would have loved the Wallabies to win the trophy but not to be. Final score 34-17.
Cool 2 degrees ...
... 8211; every time! Having said that,
on the major routes all of the stops are announced in Japanese as well as
English which is very helpful.
Some of you may remember that we hosted a couple of young
Japanese girls prior to having Nobuko live with us. Strangely enough one of
them – Maiko – sent us a lovely letter and photos before we left for Japan. She
had no idea that we were coming this way. She is ...
We left our ryokan at 7am this morning and caught an early train from Nara to Kyoto. It was peak hour and by the time the train reached Kyoto it was jam packed. Lots of school kids. At Kyoto station we found a cafe selling a "toast set" and so that is what we ordered. Buttered toast arrived accompanied by a small salad with something fishy on top as well as a small dish of yoghurt, a jammy substance and something orange. We whipped out the ...
... some bamboo groves, found tucked away shrines, and so many beautiful and colourful carp in the lake. There were some giant herons in cages at one end, which we couldn't take good pictures of due to the wiring. It was a very peaceful setting.
We walked back towards our hotel and picniced by a water fountain opposite. We collected our bags and made use of our JR passes for the last time, and headed to our next destination - Osaka, again!