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Asia » Japan » Ehime » Matsuyama September 24th 2019

We joined the Shinkensan - Hikari 465 - at Kyoto, bound for Okayama which took just over one and a half hours following which the local train - Shiokaze - took just over three hours to reach Matsuyama. As we stepped off the train we were welcomed by our lovely Japanese friends Sappi and her mum Masako waving madly; it was lovely to see them both again. The last time we were at Matsuyama was when, together with Ross, we attended the wedding of Sappi and Takaya. Since then their son Kento has joined the family however he was in a Nursery School Child Care at the time so we didn't meet him until a little later. Masako took us to Sappi and Takaya's new house which had been built on the site of ... read more
Sappi, Kev and the box of goodies to cook
Someone's not too happy!
Masako and Kento

Asia » Japan » Ehime » Matsuyama July 31st 2018

Dear All Greetings from a small city called Matsuyama (half-a-million people, about the same size as Sheffield!), on the island of Shikoku, the smallest of Japan’s four main islands. I am so happy to be here for a number of reasons. Firstly, and mainly, as I indeed made it safely here on Sunday evening, following a night of Typhoon Jongdari passing directly overhead back in Kyoto. Secondly, as after the tourist-hotspot of Kyoto, it is a great relief to be off-the-beaten track here, with the only other (few) tourists around being the polite, gracious and wonderful Japanese people! And finally, as it’s just a fantastic place and I have had a very enjoyable few days here indeed. I believe I last wrote after being a bit concerned about my travel plans on Sunday, with Typhoon Jongdari ... read more
Dogo Onsen
Ishite-ji Buddhist Temple

Asia » Japan » Ehime » Matsuyama March 30th 2018

Haïku du jour Ce monde de rosée est un monde de rosée Pourtant et pourtant (Kobayashi Issa) Hanami et yakuta Au printemps, certains parcs, sanctuaires ou temples s'illuminent jusque tard dans la nuit. De jour comme de nuit, les japonais (es) revêtent un kimono pour pique-niquer en famille, entre amis ou entre collègues de travail, sur des toiles bleues sous les cerisiers (sakura) en fleur. C'est hanami. A Matsuyama, les touristes venus se baigner au Dogo Onsen, la plus ancienne station thermale du Japon où même la famille impériale avait ses habitudes, enfilent leur yakuta pour les rejoindre. Expérience unique, le port du yakuta ne s'improvise pas. Sur des vêtements de ville, enfiler ce genre de kimono en coton imprimé de couleurs claires et à larges manches, en veillant bien à couvrir le côté droit par ... read more

Asia » Japan » Ehime » Matsuyama March 29th 2018

Haïku du jour Le grand bouddha somnole, somnole journée de printemps (Masaoka Shiki) L’auteur du haïku du jour, Masaoka Shiki est né à Matsuyama en 1867. Théoricien rénovateur et innovateur de ce genre poétique traditionnel, il a composé environ 25000 haïkus. Il a relancé le genre en insistant sur l’objectivité du croquis sur le vif d’après nature (shasei) et la liberté. Au fait, c’est quoi un haïku exactement ? Ce petit poème « pas plus long qu’une respiration », en 3 segments de 5-7-5 syllabes doit donner une notion de saison (la kigo) et comporter une césure (le kireji) Voici un exemple du plus célèbre auteur au Jap... read more

Asia » Japan » Ehime » Matsuyama March 28th 2018

Haïku du jour Le parfum des pruniers monté là-haut le halo de la lune (Buson) De Hiroshima à Matsuyama, en passant par Koré, agréable traversée de la mer intérieure, très calme, en longeant des archipels ourlés de petites plages tranquilles sur le ferry Ishitegawa. 2h30 de pure détente par un temps radieux. Ce soir, spectacle de Kabuki puis c'est Hanami : pic nic sous les cerisiers en fleurs comme des millions de japonais à travers le pays.... read more

Asia » Japan » Ehime » Matsuyama September 10th 2016

After Kev, Ross and I glammed up, Sappy and Takuya's wedding day started for us when 'Sappy's Wedding Ceremony' coach arrived outside our hotel. We were the only three passengers in the coach and by 8.45am were on our way to Bayside Geihinkan where it was all to take place. We were greeted by Sappy's mum Masako and, along with other guests, looked after by the many very attentive staff. There was a beautifully set up entrance space where guest books were signed which was soon filled by the eighty guests. This including three bridesmaids who, it turned out, weren't actually part of the wedding ceremony itself. The entrance hall lead to stairs at the top of which was the chapel, the central aisle strewn with pink rose petals. With the ceremony due to start at ... read more
Kev, Michelle & Ross are going to a wedding!
Masako is there to greet us.
Ross, Michelle, Masako & Kev

Asia » Japan » Ehime » Matsuyama September 9th 2016

This time, as well as staying with Ross in Tokyo, we've travelled to Matsuyama for a wedding of Saeko Hino; always known to us as Sappy. But more of that later. On Wednesday 7 September we flew from Sydney to Narita, via Cairns, arriving just after 7pm. As on all our travels to Japan we gave Jetstar the job of getting us from A to B as they've always offered such great deals so they're too good to knock back! Because we had a morning flight the following day we spent our first night at the Excel airport hotel which offered a free shuttle bus both there and back. So bright and early on Thursday we were back at Narita's Terminal Three for our flight to Matsuyam, once again with Jetstar. With the tail end of ... read more
Kev at Narita ready to join the 'City in the Sky'.
Michelle with a few robots at Narita's Terminal Three
Masako meets us off the plane at Matsuyama.

Asia » Japan » Ehime » Matsuyama April 13th 2015

Ein Besuch in einem traditionellen Ryokan mit Onsen - heißen japanischen Quellen zum Baden und Entspannen.... read more
Japanisches Frühstück
Isaniwa Schrein

Asia » Japan » Ehime » Matsuyama October 7th 2013

Monday was my last day trip from Takamatsu and I headed over to the west of Shikoku to Matsuyama. When I left the hotel it was bright and sunny. However, by the end of the 2 and a half hour train trip, dark clouds were rolling in. The trip itself was quite nice though because the train line runs along the north coast of Shikoku, sometimes right alongside the water. I grabbed a map from the tourist information centre in Matsuyama. The fellow there, who I think said he lived in Australia at some point, recommended I catch the streetcar (tram) to the entrance that has a cable car running halfway up the hill. I had been planning on walking there, but that sounded like a better idea. I jumped on what I thought was the ... read more
Chairlift and Cable Car
Long Way To the Top
Matsuyama Castle

Asia » Japan » Ehime » Matsuyama April 17th 2011

Op de 10e dag zijn we naar Matsuyama gegaan. We deden dit per veerboot. Er zijn veel snellere boten, die binnen een uur op de plaats van bestemming zijn, maar onze boot was een van de tragere soort. De reis duurde 3 uur waardoor we in alle rust om ons heen konden kijken en ook nog een beetje konden bijkomen van de afgelopen dagen. Eenmaal aangekomen pakten we een bus en een tram om al vrij snel aan te komen bij ons hotel, welke zo'n beetje in het centrum van Matsuyama zat. Vanuit hier gingen we al vrij vlot met de groep aan de wandel om de belangrijkste punten van de stad te zien en ons te kunnen oriënteren. Patrick liet ons een tram-dagkaart kopen. Normaal is dit niet nodig, omdat je de kosten van de ... read more
Het kasteel
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