Tea Ceremony

This will remain as one of the highlights of my 2018 stay in Japan. A friend invited to join a tea ceremony class in April.

I was blown away by the level of quality, precision and meditation in there. We spent a couple of hours and every minute was inspiring, full of information. I was told this is one of the Zen pillars and I wish I would have time to continue the journey and take this class on a regular basis.

 

from the way you present the matcha in its box, to the  type of bowl you will use depending on the season, the way you open the door, close it, listen to the sound of water, respect the kakemono, walk across the room, everything is thought. loved it, absolutely loved it

Happo-en Tokyo

On a Saturday lunch time, I went out to picnic in the Shirokanedai area, in the Tokyo University park. Across the road, I discovered the wonderful Happo-en.

This is a place that gives you serenity, calm, peace in the heart of the city, suddenly, you forget about the noise, the cars, and the daily life.

The park has a collection of bonsai, a banqueting space and a tea ceremony house that you may book although I have heard they dont always reply

 

Kobe has a lot to explore

Check out Ikuta Shrine, worth a day out, close to the beach, walking and hiking area

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Walking distance from there, about 30mn away, is an old fashion amusement park, quite ruined, in bad shape, and with an amazingly low safety level, we had great fun but it was scary and not to recommend to kids definitely

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Karaoke

fancy a karaoke night? here is a view

you come, you pay, you choose your package that includes size of room and duration required, percussions,  and off you go. you can rent costumes if you wish to

Drinks include all sorts of tapioca drinks, very fun and unusual for me.

 

 

Once in the room, you choose from the tablet the kind of music, and it displays on the screen. it is fun and easy going

Japanese Dinner

Last week end, I had a memorable dinner at a friend’s place. She prepared and I watched the beauty of a nice Japanese evening

Tofu is always a win, light, you can spice up with a lot of different things

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Of course, a Japanese meal always include pickles (Tsukemono), boiled vegetable and rice

The highlight of my evening was this sweet potato mousse, very creamy, rich, tasty, I loved it, I have the recipe and will rehearse and practice. As a European, I am not expert on sweet potato but this is an absolute delight

 

Arigato Gozaimasu Sawako San, you made my day and taught me so much that day

Mango but what a cost

The 1st mango auction happened over the week end in Miyazaki, impressive to see that these 2 could reach a JPY 400.000 value

Super-aging society?

Scary data and very interesting overview of the demographics trend in Japan.

What does the future bring in Japan?