Our Japan Adventure!By
Happy New Year!
We had a wonderful Japanese adventure! Go here to follow our daily outings beginning December 24 on our Facebook page. It was an event packed trip by plane, train, bus and ferry.
First off…How much luggage does it take to move six Sherwoods through Japan?
Here are some of my favorite highlights:
*Aaron and Kiori’s LED exhibit in Tokushima.
*Visiting and getting to know our Japanese family (Kiori’s family) in Takamatsu.
*Four days in Kyoto visiting museums, temples and crowds of shoppers New Year’s Day.
*Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum. A beautiful setting imparting a very poignant message of the importance of peace.
*The view of Mt Fuji from our Japanese Ryokan, We were serenaded by the owner, playing and singing John Denver’s Country Road!
We saw so many wonderful places but on our last day was one of my favorites. We visited the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum in Kawaguchi overlooking Mt Fuji. Kubota Itchiku (1917-2003) was the artist who revived the lost art of Tsujigahana silk dyeing of kimonos. The main gallery is a complicated wooden structure using Hiba trees (cypress family) more than 1000 years old. The architecture and the display of the intricately dyed and stitched kimonos were equally impressive. By this time in our trip, after many museums, shrines and temples, Paul had had his fill. 🙂 Here at this site, I was lost in the beautiful textiles and the massive architectural structure. I was so glad we made this stop on our very last day.
I hope you have enjoyed an overview of our trip. There is so much more I could share but this will give you a glimpse of our experience in a country of massive beauty, spiritual tributes and respect for all.
All the best!