Guess who’s back…
Baseball (of which I understood very little but which I thoroughly enjoyed). I put this down to the rousing atmosphere, excellent company and the 9% Chu-Hi drinks, rather than to the game itself…
We call this the Chu-Hi Effect
Downtown explorations: Kagurazaka and Yanaka. Courtesy of my good friend Ichiro, with the fabulous Junko, Kumi, Mari and Ms Alabama in attendance.
We lassoed a random lady on the way home
Digging in to the first of many courses comprising traditional kaiseki dinner. NOM.
Being taught the ways of the spinning top by Japanese Dumbledore in Yanaka
Turkish lunch in a lantern palace
Taiwanese dancers in Ueno park. Why not.
Matcha and wagashi
(left to right): buudha; buddha; buddha; buddha; buddha
Turkish restaurant with lantern-infested ceiling
Himalayan pine tree
Yet more evidence of Japan’s obsession with anthropomorphosis
Clean and shiny post-sento
Enoshima island mooch, beach time and Tanabata festival at Hiratsuka… in a day. Boy did Amanda, Mayu and I cram it in!
Pamela Anderson eat your heart out
Mayu’s ramune ice cream. I think we look like doting parents.
Katrina does Leo Da Vinci at Enoshima Shrine.
Lovers’ twin trees. The ema tablets are inscribed mostly with prayers for luck in love.
Bumped into a shamisen procession.
Squatting due to my being a few inches taller than the average Japanese chick.
Decoration competition winners at the Tanabata festival
Hanging up a good luck wish for tanabata
Stunning festival float depicting a tale of lovers separated my a rising river. Nawww.
There you have it, folks. Apologies for lack of deeper cultural observations/engaging prose; I hope the selection of photos at least brings you some amusement until the next update (which I am determined will NOT take so long to appear!)
More love than I can shake a stick at. Thanks for bearing with me 😉 x x x x x