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On our way to America we had an 11 hour stop over in Japan. The boys and I thought we'd get a visa for the day and go for a look around Japan. The speed train took us directly to the city from Narito airport which was roughly an hour away. The train ride was a bit expensive setting us back about $100 AUS each but very much worth the experience, not many people can say they have experienced sushi in ...
Our time in Suzaka and at the zen temple has come to an end. We've spent such beautiful days here, helping out on a meaningful project, and, in return, having the opportunity to live in a stunning natural area and experiencing many traditional Japanese activities and rituals: the tea ceremony with all its details and formality; zazen meditation, with ...
We are fully immersed in the life of this small Japanese town. Our hosts are great! We do some work in the mornings, either painting, weeding, or building a website, then in the afternoons we get to do some sightseeing, or witness traditional ceremonies such as the tea ceremony!
Yesterday it was our day off and we went to visit a famous snow monkey park, where monkeys enjoy bathing at an ...
... host, who took us to a wonderful and peaceful place 700 meters high in the mountains: what a view!!
After a nice breakfast with homemade orange marmalade, we got to work: we started to paint the yellow building you can see in the pictures. It was so nice to be out and active on such a beautiful day within such a beautiful environment!
Then we had ...
... route back, again at super-slow speeds. Miraculously we found our way back to the hotel without argument or incident.
Once back, we headed to an Italian just around the corner. It turned out to be more of a cafeteria than a restaurant, but still we ate spaghetti Genovese with an avocado salad and were grateful! Kevin spotted an unusual urinal, that seemed to have handles for drunken Salarimen. (Mostlikely it was the disabled.)
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