Monday, September 30, 2013

Sengetsu Sake - Hitoyoshi

No pictures allowed inside

Outside the distillery

A work shrine

Foot bath

The water is exceptional

How sake was made in the past

Monday, September 23, 2013

Crossing the Seto Inland Sea - Shikoku to Kyushu

Lay down and take a nap. Shoes off please.

The wind turbines of Shikoku Island

The ship is spotless inside and out.

Boat stability

Cargo hold for cars, buses and trucks.

Box dinner (quite tasty)

Friday, September 20, 2013

JA Green Ehime - Farmer's Collective Market

JA Green Ehime is a collective group of local farmers who, when they consolidate their produce, meat, fish and other goods into a collective offer consumers an alternative to the conventional grocery store. The produce is grown locally and is fresh and free of preservatives. It's sold on a first come basis. A great place for fresh food and supports local agriculture. Shikoku's well situated for farming, fishing and raising livestock. The farms range from regular size fields to family plots that are carefully cultivated.

Where the mushrooms are grown

No onions, no life

Locally made bread

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Mimurotoji Temple – UJI (Kyoto)

Believed to have been built in the 8th century, Mimurotoji is famous as the 10th of the “33 Holy Places of the Western Country,” a series of temples dedicated to Kannon which used to be a popular pilgrimage route in ancient times. In this temple’s main sanctuary are a gilt bronze statue of the thousand-armed Kannon, a statue of Shakyamuni and a statue of Bishamonten.

The temple is also notable for its Muromachi-period (1333-1568) karesansui (waterless rock and sand garden) and its kaiyu-style garden (many pleasure style garden for strolling) full of colorful azaleas, rhododendrons and hydrangeas. There is a stone monument in the temple grounds dedicated to the tragic Ukifune, a character of the Uji Chapters of the Tale of Genji, and another inscribed with a poem by Matsuo Basho.

At any time of the year Mimurotoji has spectacular floral displays, especially its azaleas, hydrangeas and lotus blossoms, which is why it is known as the ‘Flower Temple.’


Famous Sumo Wrestlers Hand Prints

Prayer Wheel

Formal name: Mimurotoji  三室戸寺
Mountain: Myōjōzan 明星山

Buddhist denomination: Shingon - Honzan Shūgen sect

Principal Image: Senjū Kannon (Thousand-armed Kannon)
Open to the public: Once every 33 years

Address: 611-0013京都府宇治市莵道滋賀谷21

Phone number: 0774-21-2067

Opening hours: 8:30 - 16:00

Entry Fee: 500 yen