Travel Blogs from Katashina-mura
... We then also had a quick look at Lake Chuzenji which was picturesque with some forested hills in the background. You could rent paddle boats in the shape of a swan to go around the lake if you so desired (we didn't). Although Stratford has paddle boats perhaps they should invest in some of these swan ones since swans are icons in the community. After returning to Nikko I visited the Nikko Tamozawa Imperial Villa. This used to be the emperor's ...
... as if no time had passed at all. But he is very helpful, a great cook (he made us New York Style pizzas for dinner and french toast for breakfast), and above all, he's EXTREMELY passionate about Nikko; he basically planned our day for us and gave us some great tips about seeing the local sights.
We had two nights in Nikko but only one full day, which we spent up in the mountains (nearly 2000 feet above sea level). The ...
... grinning foolishly, I must add). While everyone around us was happily slurping noodles and we were waiting for our dumplings, I started listening to the music that was playing-It's the soundtrack to Frozen in Japanese. I had my moment-I realized I was in Utsunomiya, Japan in a train station, waiting for meata dumplings while on a journey to a Shinto-Buddhist holy place while listening to Disney music.I could not have been happier.
... rooms, they didn't just change the sheets.
They straightened our things, and even took loose change and arranged it by
The sense of space and arrangement is very prominat here. I was speaking to
one of the translators and he told me about how everyone had their own
potted plants or small garden because how cramped the city is, and how that
is how they keep a sense of nature.
Today we will be doing a washi workshop and the sumi ...
... even have little plastic flowers inside of them to make them more attractive. The light poles normally have some kind of decoration or chandelier.
We were recommended to eat breakfast in the basement of a store called Mega. It is the largest store in Kiryu, and is kind of like their version of Walmart, but nicer. We wondered through it, noticing normally ordinary things but presented in a new way. The people must have thought ...