Travel Blogs from Katashina-mura
... and off we go to the little town of Nikko, a little mountain town with a wonderful mountain stream running through it. We find the bus to the shrines and we settle in for a lovely ride. It's all very green and the pine trees remind me of coastal redwoods-and nestled among them is the Toshogu shrine complex.
The shrines are amazing. I'll let my pictures describe them for me. The place was peaceful even though school kids on a field trip ...
... 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 ...
... much. He often stopped me from overworking as well.
After that we went out to eat at a place that people from Tokyo go to when they are in Kiryu because the noodles there are one of a kind in Japan. The noodles are flat, about 18 in long, and 6 inches across. They were created to reflect the textile industry of Kiryu.
Early to bed last night, to readjust. I was able to get about 8 hours of sleep, so I feel much better.
Today we ventured outside of Tokyo to Nikko, a 2 hour train ride north of the city. This World Heritage Site was the seat of the first Shogun in Edo era Japan and an ancient center of the Buddhist and Shinto religions. Ieyasu Tokugawa was the first to unite the feudal lords in the the early 1600s and became the first Shogun or military ruler. Tokugawa and many of his sons are buried at the Toshogu Shrine, one of the most ...
... it was a very nice meal, simple but delicious.
They took some pictures of me with Oze park in the background and i set of for the second part of my hike. This was going to be the longest and toughest one. almost 15km over snowy, mountainous terrain. The first part was relatively easy but steadily going up, through forrested terrain. There was definitely more snow in these higher parts of the park and sometimes the walkway was impossible to see. Thankfully the ...