WOW. My life here in Japan is wonderful.
Surrounded by beautiful people, who are generous, kind, loving, helpful, wise, supportive, caring the list goes on. I am soo grateful, thankful for all the gifts I have been given and am full of happiness!
Thomas, the driver sensei.. thank you Thomas! and Nozomi the map sensei.... thank you Nozomi! (i'm in the back, taking it easy as these to lovely people graciously take the reigns of the day!) Desination... Shiribeshi! On the way... we stopped at many places... here are some pictures of the day! I would love to put them all up, but here are some!
Uma you are so beautiful! I love the grace, strength, gentlessness, and deep wisdom that horses (uma) possess.
Uma wa daisuki desu.
In a land far, far away.... a castle... in Japan.. one might think I am no longer in Japan, but in Europe?
Yes. Japan has it all.
A spiritual walk to a lighthouse....
Ii Negame. View seen from my eyes, through my camera... How full of beauty my mind becomes as I continue to capture all of these sights!
A Divine power is felt. A divine power is seen.
Ofcorse, the day wouldn't be complete, without some gohan!
Here I "enjoy" ( it wasen't my favourite), but i had to try it! This is uni (Sea Urchan) Very famous and is in season right now in Shiribeshi/Yoishi area.
It melts in your mouth. Very strange tasting experience. The taste, I cannot describe. Please try for yourself.
Today I was a guest at Tomoko-san's english class at her cafe Merino in Otaru.
There I met this very kind man, Yoshi-san. He is also a potter and has a beautiful pottery studio named "Fushitsu Do" located in enchanting Oshoro! He generously took me his studio. Wow this place is so peaceful, I felt like I was floating on a cloud. He's home and workplace is located right on the a hill overlooking the vast ocean! I am in awe and inspired!
This is the next day. Today!
Here I enjoy delicious crossiants (made from this very popular bakery in Oshoro, next to Yoshi-san's pottery studio) Oishikatta! All while staring at the beautiful ocean (umi)! I am soo lucky!
Today's creations! Yoshi kindly let me create some art on his pottery!
My days are lovely!! And I am grateful for all the beautiful gifts, surprises and people I've met!
Always, thank you for reading!
To yet another day!
Hi! Konnichiwa! Readers!
Its perhaps a mixture of Days 6, 7 (ish)
Hope you enjoy...
(Note to everyone) Also, I will be practicing some japanese words that I know throughout the blogs!
Here, I enjoy the sanctuary of the temple grounds.....This Otera (temple) is located close to Morinoki's.... I am happy because I love temples! Daisuki Otera desu!
Beautiful View of Otaru from the temple! Ii Negame!
Here I say Good Evening! Konbanwa! to this Garden Nome that lives at the temple!
On my walk, I stop to capture this view of Otaru's railway tracks!
To my surprise!! Here are BIG (Okii) Pot and Tea Pot! WOW! I think. "Who would use these? and What for?" Omoshiroi! (Interesting)
Another sight on my walk... here is an alleyway in Otaru! Very Japanese.
And the last moment captured on film for the day... I liked the yellow (Kiiroi) house and the red (aka) (In Canada some people call this combination Ketchup and Mustard... =)
Well that's all I have for today!
To another day!
Thanks for reading!
Day 3 ...
"I am open to the possiblities of the day"
WOW! Another unexpected, full day!
< BR> Otaru has given me many gifts .... through people, places, things! Thank you!
First ... Faye and I decided to take a walk downtown, passing all the delicious cake shops, I insist we go inside! (I love cakes)
Japan has abundant amount of cake shops! (Many many samples too!) YUM!
This I found interesting .. .. a clock with a sign indicating the weather! Kind of hard to see .. a cloud is glowing under the clock .... indicating its cloudy! Hehhe I find the simple things interesting ....< BR>
We stoped to watch a small parade ...
Here we all enjoy eachothers company over drinking some seaweed tea, graciously given to us for free in a seaweed store!
< BR> Loc from Vietnam ... we met near the parade! Quite the mix of countries, Taiwan, Canada and Vietnam! (Ohh traveling brings you together with soo many cultures I love it!!) Well, we all had a very special day together filled with too many precious moments to describe!
This sculpture, I found very interesting!
Romantic Otaru Canal!
Good night Otaru!
Hope you enjoyed! Ofcorse, more to come!! =)
My First Blogging experience ...
Hope you all enjoy .....
Here I go ....
Morinoki's Backpackers is a Hidden Gem! I'm so happy Faye, my friend and fellow wwoofer, Told me about this place! Thank You!
As soon as I stepped into Morinoki's and was greeted by Masa and looked around, I thought ...." Wow I am in heaven! "The View .... beautiful .... The atmosphere .... cozy. The people ..... welcoming and friendly ... What a treasure this place is!
Hammock Oasis .... I will be daydreaming / relaxing here a lot!
Full of Events here at Morinoki's ... My first evening ... Sudo-san, Soba Master, came over with his handmade soba (he made and cut himself). With help from Masa he cooked and then we all had a delicious soba feast! Oishi katta!!
fresh handmade soba. Masa and Sudo-san, cooking soba 40 seconds!
Setting table to have Soba feast!
Totemo Oishi katta!
Planting Soba .... early 6 am beautiful morning ... we drive about 20 minutes into the countryside, through tunnels, passing the ocean, beautiful mountains, lush forests, Staring out the window, I `M always inawe of Japans beauty!
Planting Soba for Soba Project! I feel so greatful to be apart of it! What great timing!
Preparing to plant the Soba Seeds!
Together we spread the soba seeds. Grow Soba! Grow!
More Talk of Soba ... Sudo-san generously decides to take us out for lunch to Otaru Sobaya Yabuhan to have the famous Kuki Soba (soup dish) which consists of nishin (special fish found abundantly in Otaru), Kazu noko (yellow diamond fish eggs), tororo (vegetable), nori and wakame (seaweed) all infused together in this delicious broth. Totemo Oishi katta!!!
Ita daki mas!
Enterance of Otaru Sobaya Yabuhan
more to come ...... to another day!