While all you aussies were enjoying your easter weekend, gorging on chocolate, not working on friday and monday, holidaying at the beach and being rained out at oakbank or the clare races Marissa and I caught the shinkansen to a touristy town called Kamakura a couple of hours away for a Saturday trip. The sun was shining, the birds were singing the octopus was hot and the beach was cold. All in all what a lovely (and long) day!!
Also a few random photos from driving around on Sunday
After an amazing, unforgettable year in Japan I dragged a way too heavy bag on wheels through Europe for more fantastic adventures. 5 years later I am off on a 9 week tour of SE Asia.
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Octopus ballsWe bought some of these balls for lunch. They were yuk, kind of mushy yet chewy and not at all a nice taste.
WeddingWe were lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time to see a traditional japanese wedding in on of the temples in kamakura. Apparently, you pay about $100 to be a guest at a wedding in japan, more if your a bridesmaid or groomsman!!
Cheese!In front of the main temple, just getting into the japanese way!
Clap twiceInside the temple, you throw your money (yes, the gods take bribes), clap twice and then bow twice before wishing (or after, not sure). Two friendly old japanese men demonstrated for we uneducated westerners!
Good luckStep 1. Scoop water flowing form bamboo pipe
Good luckStep 2. Drink water by pouring it into hand, try not to touch the cup (coz millions of others have slobbered on it). Spit water into trough below (cover mouth coz its more lady like)
Good luckStep 3. Pour remaining water down the handle to clean it for the next person. Replace cup.