Our Japan Adventure!


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?sherwoods_japan_luggage

Here are some of my favorite highlights:

*Aaron and Kiori’s LED exhibit in Tokushima.Tokushima LED Art Festival-Japan_micro_aaronsherwood-kiorisherwoodkawai-japan

*Visiting and getting to know our Japanese family (Kiori’s family) in Takamatsu.japan_kiori_family_parents japan_family_kiawa_takashima_traditiona_meal

*Four days in Kyoto visiting museums, temples and crowds of shoppers New Year’s Day.Fushimi-Anari- Temple-japan 金閣寺_Golden Pavilion_Zen_ temple-kyoto_japan

*Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum.   A beautiful setting imparting a very poignant message of the importance of peace.hiroshima_peace-museum_japan

*The view of Mt Fuji from our Japanese Ryokan, We were serenaded by the owner, playing and singing John Denver’s Country Road!MtFuji_japan_

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.  japan_travel_Kubota_Itchiku_Art-MuseumThe 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.Kubota_Itchiku_artist_Tsujigahana-silk-dyeing-Kimonas_Japan

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!


Mary Sherwood Lifestyles


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  1. Mary says:

    So enjoyed Japan. Yes, you should put it on your travel list. Good to hear from you.

  2. Aletha Hudson says:

    Thanks for sharing your great adventure! You have certainly perked up my interest in visiting Japan. I loved China so would be interested in the comparison. So glad you had such a great time.

  3. Mary says:

    Thanks, Kay. It was a great trip! Let’s get together soon.

  4. Kay says:

    What a wonderful adventure! Thanks for sharing. And, congratulations on your new job.

  5. Mary says:

    Thanks, Denise! We can share info about our trip anytime. I know you are excited about your upcoming journey with your kids. I would love to hear about your trip.

  6. Mary says:

    Love the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum. What a master he was with this art! We will have to go together one day! Love you!

  7. Mary says:

    Thanks, Aaron. You and Kiori made this happen. Love you both!

  8. Denise Evans Brodeur says:

    Thank you for sharing!! Would love to hear more about your trip and itinerary!

    Denise & Mike Brodeur

  9. Aaron Sherwood says:

    Great memories!

  10. Kiori says:

    wow, beautiful & fun photos!!
    I never see Kimonos like these, with architecture, it’s impressive. So glad that you came to Japan!!

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