Next October, I am returning to Japan for the third time. The first two times were group tours arranged by Espirt Travel.
They were so well arranged and we were very well taken care of. This coming year they are arranging a tour just for me to revisit my favorite places.
One of them is in the pottery town of Karatsu, at Yoyokaku, a Japanese style Inn. I find myself longing to be back there and sit and have tea looking out at their gardens. Here is a link to a photo on Steve Biemel’s Japan Living Arts blog. The photos take me back to this beautiful place.
While traveling, a few friends and I enjoyed eating plain white rice and discussing the pros and cons of the taste. In each region of Japan, the rice grown there has a slightly different flavor. For me the rice in Karatsu was my favorite. I will be bringing some uncooked rice home with me.
How can I tell you the joy I feel looking at the pictures in the links and remembering? I came home from Japan so esthetically heightened.
© 2010 J.B. Vadeboncoeur