this was cut for a somen party (cold noodles served in running water). Unfortunately the running water was coming from the heavens so the party was cancelled and I never did see the finished 'water feature'.
2: Nishimura Farm June 28th 2007 Sasayama-guchi I spent 10 days with the Nishimura family, Midori, Gen & Ray, helping on their organic farm. They also run an English school so luckily communication wasn't a problem. However Midori did give me a Japanese Verb Conjugation sheet and some exercises to work on. Shame I was too busy digging holes to dedicate more time to it! The farm is in an idyllic ... read more
Asia » Japan » Hyogo » Sasayamaguchi In 1603, a Tokugawa shogunate (military dictatorship) ushered in a long period of isolation from foreign influence in order to secure its power. For 250 years this policy enabled Japan to enjoy stability and a flowering of its indigenous culture. Fol... ... read more