Today’s Shibori festival in Arimatsu did not disappoint. Crowds came from everywhere to see the town’s traditional hand tied and dyed fabric. This man sits in front of one of the three buildings in which the town’s cultural treasures, the floats, are stored. Behind him are large puppet figures that play a part in the …
This morning I took a few moments to gather some reeds by the river in front of the ryokan where we stayed last night. Our time in Miyama is way too short.
Today we took a train, then a bus to an area called Miyama, which has a number of thatched roof houses that have survived from the older times.
This morning we visited the Nishijin Textile Center. This woman is weaving on a vintage jacquard loom in which punched cards drive the warp threads that make the pattern. These cards inspired the development of computer programming.
Today we visited the famous Ryoanji Temple where the rock garden contains 15 rocks that can’t all be seen at once from any angle. We got there early and enjoyed the lillies in the pond before the hordes of schoolchildren arrived.
Much of today was taken up by traveling between Tokyo and Kyoto. When we arrived in Kyoto, Yoshiko gave us a tour of the enormous 15-story Kyoto Station.
Today was a very long day. I got up early to visit the Zojo-ji shrine near our hotel. It used to be the shrine for the Tokugawa Shogun’s family so it held a favored position and contains the family’s burial ground. The area was bombed during World War II and has been reconstructed.
Yoshiko, the tour leader, was able to buy a lot of silk fiber that is a byproduct of silk reeling. I’m bringing some home. They look like silk worms.
Today we headed off to Takasaki to a silk farm. Lots of rice fields on the way.
I took a walk before breakfast and came across this sign warning about falling rocks..or…?