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... when the Cherry Blossoms have gone and hopefully it'll be a little quieter.
There wasn't a lot going on in Omi-Maiko – the nearest shop was a 7/11,15 minutes walk away, and everything seemed to be shut down for the winter, but it was good as it allowed us some chill time after the last few days of cramming lots of things in.
We also entertained the locals a bit as we walked ...
Many of the Japanese cities we visited had mascots, but this city's mascot was the best of all - a white cat wearing a Samurai helmet and red cape. No sword in sight though, so I am guess that this is a pacifist Samurai cat. (check out video).
Anyway, John and I visited the cat to see a really beautiful structure (Hikone Castle is rated among the top three in Japan, along with ...
... ago. The region is known for their fine cuisine and craftsman for many artisanal products. Esther was a fine host, and showed me many things during this very quick visit. I was fortunate to have met her and have her share so many things with me ...
With a spare day, we decided to get out of Kyoto and head
into rural Japan. So very glad we did, this was one of the highlights of our
trip. Ohara is a small village about an hour’s bus ride from central Kyoto. It
is home to several pretty temples including Sanzenin with its amazing gardens
and cool jizo statues (small stautes which are a common sight in Japan, that
are the ...
After a 9 o'clock rise, the new years day traditions take no time to begin. Later we would be going to a bigger temple with some of Hannah's family, but first more food. More mochi, in soup and grilled, and then some more azuki. I ate twenty three of the sugary black beans, one for everyone year I have been alive. This represents how we should make the most of everday, take pleasure and not ignore the small things in life and to do new things everyday. A ...