Hikari kindly asked me to her home in Nara, an old town, to meet her family. She took me to visit the Temples and Shrines. It is popular for the many deer roaming. We had a tea ceremony by the Temple where they hold a Fire Ceremony. Families take their children to the Shrine aged 3 & 5 for boys, girls 3 & 7, to give thanks and pray for their future. Lunch was at a traditional tatami (mats) restaurant. Exquisite green rice soup, sashimi, smoked fish, pickles and jellies. The sushi was wrapped in a persimmon leaf. The fruit is ready now like our apples.
Okayama exploring. There is nothing like finding new ground. I just pick a place on the map, supplies of pastries with red bean and sweet bread with salmon and go walking. Spent the day by the River Asahi. Fish a metre long and plenty of them sitting in the current. The birds were fishing cormorant egret heron and a black kite but it had no forked tail. Sketching and notes made. As inspirational and reflective days go this one moved me to tears.
Moving & shaking..
Community Festival Osaka 3 -11 November. AWA Dance rehearsal with Suyo and friends. What fun… Utube link if your imagination can cope. Tai Chi moves from John Hamlet came in handy.. Followed by food obviously …Osaka Okonomiyaki.
AWA Tradition link