May 31,2013

i thought you might enjoy this-

i’ve said this before but the Japanese have bathrooms down to a science.  this one was especially good.  lights, music, automation.  everything was motion detector triggered. even the underwater light inside the toilet bowl. mine played classical music while some of the other rooms had bird chirping overhead.

this was the hotel in the Yamanashi 5 lakes region. the view of Mt Fuji was spectacular.  the lake in front of the hotel was Lake Kawaguchi. we moved here from the town of Inaka to be closer to the next day’s visit to the indigo dyer Fumiko Satou and the Ichiku Kubota Museum.  this was also a resort type hotel with baths.  the bath was on the roof of the hotel-indoor and outdoor with stunning views of Fuji san and the lake.  the moon was out above as we bathed outside in the cool night air.  the next morning before leaving, we all walked around the lakeside and many memorable photos were taken-

fuji san upon arriving

fuji san upon arriving

morning view out our windows

morning view out our windows

a couple of the gals taking photos from their balconies. who could resist?

a couple of the gals taking photos from their balconies. who could resist?

old hidden stone staircase

old hidden stone staircase

small shrine appears at the top

small shrine appears at the top

a view for the gods and the ancestors!

a view for the gods and the ancestors!

Have just arrived in Nagoya with Phil and we will meet Richard in a little bit.  He had a quick meeting with a TV show to discuss a rare historical find tht will appear on a program here that is the equivalent of our Antiques Road Show.  Kinda cool!

 

Tomorrow is the Arimatsu Shibori Festival and we set up at 8 AM.  I’m a little nervous about this one!

じゃまた!

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