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June 7; 10 Days to go.....

 

Kurotani papermakers village one hour and half northwest of Kyoto. The train and bus  there travelled through mountainous and gorge-like places, such scenery with small villages hugging train tracks- most beautiful picture postcard like -except real!

The people here have been very kind and helpful...some many auspicuous events continue to unfold daily...last day today in Kyoto and back to our hamlet in Urasaki...

 

dewa mata ne

Heather Midori

 

June 15; 

 

Everyone crosses in all directions at once for about 2 minutes- then its just crazy vehicular traffic...we were there today looking out from second floor Starbucks...


xox h last few hours in this crazy and wonderful Japanese mish mash...

see everyone soon!

Heather Midori

 

June 15; 

 

last nights in Asakusa...

 

June 7; 10 Days to go.....

 

Kurotani papermakers village one hour and half northwest of Kyoto. The train and bus  there travelled through mountainous and gorge-like places, such scenery with small villages hugging train tracks- most beautiful picture postcard like -except real!

The people here have been very kind and helpful...some many auspicuous events continue to unfold daily...last day today in Kyoto and back to our hamlet in Urasaki...

 

dewa mata ne

Heather Midori

 

June 7; 10 Days to-go.....

I (we) spent the day in Nara today- a 45 minute train ride JR pass from Kyoto. Nara is famous for its Daibutsu- large seated Buddha in a beautiful shrine- unusually unpainted-you can see the stain of the wood, its age and way it was constructed. Even the gate opening to the shrine grounds is magnificent and very large. Throngs of uniformed kids from various places visit during this time as well as other Japanese and of course the Gaijin from many countries including us. It was very hot about 32 degrees by noontime. Alain and I spent quite a bit of time on the inside- pics to come.I people watched and wondered about the makers of these oldest of sacred sites. The other scuptural parts inside equally impressive in scale, detail and age.  Nara is also known for a five storey wooden pagoda which we saw. On the way stopped into a Shinto shrine area which we could not even find on our tourist map. Later afternoon we stopped into a local sake maker who offers sake tasting and even sake ice scream- delicious! After jumping back on the train we arrived back at Kyoto Station about 7pm and headed home on foot looking for a supper place. Stumbled on a very hip, crowded tapas-type place Italian influenced yet with Japanese leanings. We took the only table available which was outside in front-enjoyed good wine, shared tapas and good company ...now back at our very modern, clean and inexpensive guesthouse. Ready for bed after shower and ofuro-type very hot soak...Japan continues to surprise and delight-
 

We have another 10 days here in Japan. Tomorow we will check out but see afew more endless beauties before heaading back to rural Urasaki for the weekend and guest arrival.

More to come

xox midori

June 6; Bamboo grove in Kyoto

​we walked this today in the heat and and sun- its supposed to be the rainy seasonand each day has been lovely!

June 6; Kyoto garden teahouse

June 6; Hiroshima Park

 

 

 

 











 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 6; Photo Update

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 5; Sake and more Sake!

Last night we did another sake tasting.

Local Kyoto sake.
Oishi deshita. It was delicious.

















 

June 5; Some ikebana arrangements at Urasaki country house by pal Alain



​Ikebana by Alain.

We found many ikebana items and are carefully working with them.
Vases will be return to safe spots when leaving.
Many precious ikebana books.













 

June 4; Check out the shoes!

Konichiwa Bryce san.

Urasaki wa ii desu.
Having a (rice) ball !
We love it here.
Snooping, cleaning, organizing, fixing... With pleasure!
Front outside door in place.
Sewing room now clean, EVERYTHING washable has been. And will be bagged, taggged and plastic boxed for the next visitors.
Took the liberty of tossing old musty cardboard boxes. Now everything in the room will be clean, visible and protected from dust and varmits.
Alain scraped hardened paint from floor and sanded the spot.
Floor is washed and waxed and sports another futon sleeping area.
Our friend Rie from Hiroshima will come to visit.





 


 
May 22nd; I'm Here!​



Sumo was a blast- here sone of the many contestants post match!













 

May 22nd; I'm Here!

Here I am with friends at Khaosan Samurai Hotel about a week ago in Tokyo...