Petting a whale, walking a plank over a deep pit and seeing a shark heading your way – all were part of our adventure at the Trick Art Museum in Takao. On a hotter-than-heck day, Eric, Maddie and I boarded a train in Fussa headed for Mt. Takao. We had big plans that day – visiting the Trick Art Museum, eating at an Italian restaurant that had been recommended to us and riding the cable car Continue reading
A “foot bath” at a restaurant? What is it? How does it work? Is it some kind of cleansing ritual we were to engage in before eating? I’m such a tourist! But of course, we were intrigued. So Susie and I decided to eat at the restaurant down the hill and take advantage of the opportunity to discover foot bathing! We invited Mao to join us, and although she was not hungry she agreed to accompany us to help us negotiate the menu, language issues, etc.
As we approached the entry there was a beautiful rope weaving suspended on bamboo poles (picture is view from inside of doors looking outside). We parted the vertical hanging ropes and ducked down a little to slide open the Japanese door/screen. As we entered, it almost felt like home… quaint and quiet, warm and inviting. The owner, a very cordial Japanese woman, warmly greeted us and showed us to our table.
The restaurant, with tatami mats on the floor throughout,
My latest adventure actually began with a Japanese gift wrapping course I have been taking here on base. Through this awesome course, I have learned techniques such as peacock, tucks, Furoshiki , no-tape wrapping, Continue reading