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Welcoming at Uwajima, Japan

November 30, 2015 - When we arrived in Uwajima, they had a small welcoming ceremony for us. They brought out a huge red “demon” bull while m...
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Seto Ohashi Bridge, Japan

November 27, 2015 - This bridge connects Okayama on the island of Honshu with Takamatsu on the island of Shikoku. Previously all traffic bet...
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Tanuki

November 26, 2015 - Happy Thanksgiving! In honor of our national day of over indulgent gratitude, here is the Japanese folklore creature cal...
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Ohashi House, Kurashiki, Japan

November 25, 2015 - Ohashi was a merchant with elevated status so he incorporated some samurai features in his house, such as a courtyard be...
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Momotaro and Kibidango, Kurashiki, Japan

November 24, 2015 - This store provided samples of Kibidango for us. Kibidango is “candy” made from millet paste, made in this area and immo...
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Kurashiki, Japan

November 23, 2015 - The Bikan Historical Area of Kurashiki was the most charming and delightful place we visited! It was built in the Edo pe...
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Art Opening at SAA

November 21, 2015 - I was very excited and honored that both of the pieces I submitted were displayed at the first ever Student and Instruct...
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Basket Lunch, Kurashiki, Japan

November 20, 2015 - As I have said before the Japanese have a definite talent for presentation. We had a basket lunch, which was so charming...
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Korakuen Garden, Okayama, Japan

November 19, 2015 - Korakuen Garden is considered one of the three most beautiful in Japan. It was commissioned by Lord Ikeda and completed...
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No Tell Motels

November 18, 2015 - Although this is changing in modern times, in Japan, the custom is to have several generations all live together in the...
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Leaving Kobe

November 17, 2015 - At the port of Kobe (think world famous Kobe beef – ultra tender), three people gave a short cultural presentation. One...
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Himeji Castle, Himeji, Japan

November 16, 2015 - Himeji is the grandest of Japan’s twelve remaining feudal castles. It is also called The White Egret Castle or the White...
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Deer, Nara, Japan

November 13, 2015 - Deer are considered the sacred messengers of the gods and are protected in Japan. They are quite tame and all over the p...
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Horyu-ji Temple, Nara, Japan

November 12, 2015 - The Kondo (main hall) at Horyu-ji is the world’s oldest wooden building. It was built in the seventh century. The five-s...
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Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara, Japan

November 11, 2015 - The Kasuga Grand Shrine features over 3,000 stone and bronze lanterns. It was founded in 710 by the Fujiwara family whos...
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Todai-ji Temple, Nara, Japan

November 10, 2015 - Nara was the first capitol of Japan from 710-794 and was the cradle of Buddhism in Japan. Not surprisingly there are lot...
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Shabu Shabu Dinner with a Geisha, Kyoto, Japan

November 09, 2015 - We had a Shabu Shabu dinner. The beef is sliced very thin and served raw at the table. The diners then swish it briefly...
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Shops in Kyoto, Japan

November 06, 2015 - We saw many interesting shops in Kyoto. My favorite was the sword shop with the samurai in the window. I also particular...
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Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Kyoto, Japan

November 05, 2015 - Kiyomizu-dera means “pure water.” The temple is named for a spring that comes down the mountain there. It sits high on a...
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Tofu Extravaganza

November 04, 2015 - For lunch we were treated to a tofu extravaganza. I love tofu but it is very difficult to eat with chop sticks. (Imagine...
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Heian Shrine, Kyoto, Japan

November 03, 2015 - The Heian Shrine was built in 1895 to boost the city’s morale and economy after the capitol was moved to Tokyo. It is a...
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Nijo Castle & Ninomaru Palace, Kyoto, Japan

November 02, 2015 - Nijo Castle was built in 1603 by Tokugawa Ieyasu, founder of the Edo Shogunate. The castle part is a huge wall & rampart...
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