Design Elements

24.09.2014 § Leave a comment

Photographs and inspirations from my trip to Japan.

Ota, Japan

18.09.2014 § Leave a comment

In Japan, my sister and I visited the hot spring place called Ota. Ota is in the countryside and was beautiful. It’s well known for its miso too, so we had miso ice cream there, and it was delicious! « Read the rest of this entry »

Rangetsu Ryokan

15.09.2014 § Leave a comment

Ryokan means “inn” in Japanese. Usually it’s a tatami place with shoji doors. It’s popular to stay in Ryokan at the hot spring resorts in Japan. My sister and I went to one called Rangetsu. It had a private hot spring opening to a small garden as well as a public one (where we went) which also had an outdoor hot spring pool.

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One-Man Theater

09.09.2014 § Leave a comment

One-Man Theater

On the day we visited Kiyomize temple, the temperature was sizzling. At the entrance of the temple, there was a man, a one-man theater, passionately acting out his play. I was very touched by his passion for theater and stood there watching him for a long time. « Read the rest of this entry »

Kyoto, Japan

05.09.2014 § Leave a comment

More photos from my trip to Japan in and around Kyoto.

Golden Pavilion

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Kaiseki Cuisine

03.09.2014 § Leave a comment

Kaiseki (懐石) or kaiseki-ryōri (懐石料理) is a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner. The characters literally mean “stone in the bosom”. The idea came from the practice where Zen monks would ward off hunger by putting warm stones into the front folds of their robes, near their bellies. Kaiseki has since evolved into a sumptuous feast of 14 items including an appetizer, sashimi, a simmered dish, a grilled dish, and a steamed course in addition to other dishes at the discretion of the chef. We had a full-fledged Kaiseki dinner at Rangetsu Ryokan in Kyoto.

The nine Japanese-style servings took two hours. Here are the pictures. « Read the rest of this entry »

Day Trip to Matsumoto City ~ 3

22.08.2014 § Leave a comment

I saw these lovely wall tiles in Matsumoto city.

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