WE'RE BACK after two great days with sayaka:s family in shizuoka. takashi and michiko are lovely and after the first day of takashi taking us out on the lake, yesterday we just had a chill out morning at home looking at old photos, having a long brekky, doing not too much. we took them out to lunch and we had a shabu shabu meal, description below. just great.
the house is in a pretty
normal suburb, small winding streets with mountain views
at the end. about 3 hours drive from osaka
|as always - powerlines in asia are a work of art|
|when i did this edition of prints years ago i never imagined one of them would end up in a japanese home. the family says this woman looks like sayaka to them. a premonition perhaps . . .|
|poor cal - bearing this indignity with cool indifference|
this beautiful wall hanging has been made by michiko.
it's applique and cutwork, not unlike the technique of
textiles form laos.about 1.20 x 50 cm, it hangs
on the wall in the lounge room.
food is cooked at the table in these beautiful copper and steel blows - two different cooking broths and many others to dip into. stacked traysof finely shaved beef and portk are brought to the table and you dip and cook it for about 2 seconds. side dishes of spring onions, bok chou, oyster mushrooms etc are 'help yourself' as is the soft serve ice-cream. i had iced black coffee and icecream for dessert. but i made a terrible mess of the soft serve, swirled it right out of the glass and down the side, very unattractive. our lovely waiter made me another one.
|cal, advertising dad's shop in coordinating colours|
we whiled away the afternoon wandering around a humungous shopping centre, i could do this all day, such as array of stuff - japanese shopping is a real treat. shop displays are often strange to my eyes, and the range of things to buy is endless.
takashi knew right where to find the massage chairs, you can try them out for a max of 15 minutes but i think a couple of old guys were living in that department. we all had a go, they were amazing
we drove straight home from the shopping complex and stopped at lake hamamoto to look at the view before leaving. this is the same lake we were on yesterday - it looked so peaceful last night - like a japanese woodblock print.