Last day in Japan
Trip Start May 20, 2010
48Trip End Sep 09, 2010
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The Tea house was located in the midst of this parkland which was so relaxing. The ceremony consisted of being served green tea and one of their Soybean sweets. Very simple and graceful.
After returning home we took the car and drove to Norikos parents home to pay them a visit. They live in the family home where Noriko had grown up in and had a bigger than normal home and yard. It was lovely to visit them and especially since her mother is a Christian in a largely Buddhist nation, there was a closeness that brought us together in spirit
Dinner tonight was at a Japanese restaurant on the 24th floor of a high rise building. Individual tables were set into the floor so that we didn't have to kneel yet felt we were down low. They were also in small cubicles so that you could enjoy private relaxed dining and our "room" overlooked the city lights of Chiba. Makito also joined us so we had a great evening together to finish our week in Japan.
We have lots of memories and it will be sad to leave these wonderful friends who were such warm and welcoming hosts.