•October 19, 2015 • 3 Comments
Shots from inside a small temple garden in Kyoto…
And the widest bed we’ve ever slept in…6″ wider than a US king, and 22″ wider than our queen. An aircraft carrier.
In Tokyo, seeing the unusual becomes the norm
The contrast of the park setting and the enormous buildings was quite something.
And another very public wedding
Alison giving a donation to a Zen Monk
The shot above was taken on the main Ginza shopping street. There were thousands of people, but being Japan, amazingly quiet. Tokyo, a city 1.5 times the size of NYC with mostly hybrid cars humming about and shutting off at the red lights, zero beeping horns, no street music, no buskers… You would be hard pressed to realize you’re in a city with almost 14M people. Almost silent.
Playing with small stone spinning “tops”
This woman really wanted to have her photo taken with Alison…
•October 13, 2015 • Leave a Comment
Some photos of our visit with a Sumi-ink artisan
At the oldest Sumi-ink producer in Nara. They have been making Sumi for 400 years.
A Shinto purification ceremony… A nice surprise
A visit with a Inkan craftsman
Then lunch and tea at a beautiful temple. That was a sweet with tea.
Clipping hedges that were already perfect. The temple gardens were gorgeous.
•October 12, 2015 • 5 Comments
The family I stayed with for two weeks while I was taking a Japanese language course. The father sitting down is 100 years old.
The last meal they cooked for me was a Japanese treat. “Sazae”… A big snail
Where bicycles go to die
The average farmer in Japan is well into their 60s and they are always in the fields and working really hard, especially this time of year
This is outside one of the hotels I stayed at…a very remote location
My typical cycling routes…But they’re not always THIS nice
The following photos are from the Shimanami Kaito bike path that goes across the Seto sea linking Shikoku and Honshu
Yes that’s a dedicated bike path
Sometimes the pathway goes underneath a bridge
And sometimes it was a bike lane on one of the islands
And at the end I stated in this really cool Cycling hotel
•September 27, 2015 • Leave a Comment
One hell of a bike lane!
Rice fields everywhere
One of the “7 Hells of Beppu”
The shower at the Onsen in Beppu
There are sulfur-smelling steam vents all over Beppu
Onta, the small pottery village in the mountains above Hita.
One of the kilns.
“Onya”, or “sweet fish” in Hita. It was “oi-shee” (delicious).
•September 23, 2015 • 3 Comments
A few days in Kumamoto before starting my 2 week Japanese class and homestay.
Pictures of the Kumamoto castle:
Trunks of some thousand-year-old camphor trees
There were a series of these very cool benches along the river
A Hello kitty temple???
Japan has to have the worlds most expensive grapes. $8.50 for 19 grapes…that’s about $.45 a grape. They were good though. However, after that I had a fantastic lunch with several courses, sushi, soba noodles, and miso soup, for $0.25 more than the grapes.
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•May 14, 2015 • 3 Comments
Far away from Santa Fe. Morocco is having a heat wave. The temperature in Marrakech is 106 today, but it’s cool in our riad deep in the labyrinth of the medina.
On our 15th anniversary.