Another favorite place that I am longing to return to is Omori-Cho. When I googled it I found Steve Biemel had written about it
Count me as one of those who was enchanted and longs to return there.
Matsuba Tomi-san organized a meal for our large tour group. Yes it was delicious, served family style and cooked in a very old kitchen. One of the many things that is forever in my memory was what they did with an ordinary white paper cup.
They put a leaf on each cup and tied it with blue string. They added a small square of fabric, and it looked so lovely. I kept my paper cup and brought it home with me. It still impacts positively on me, what they did with a few simple things.
The hospitality was very gracious. A man from the town, I think he is the one pictured in Steve Biemel’s blog entertained us by acting out a Japanese tale. I never saw anyone so agile and fluid in his movements.
The chopsticks we used at dinner were similar to these in the photo.
Theirs had undulations on most of the chopstick, as opposed to the ones in the photo with a few at the end. It made them so comfortable to grip.
It was even more impressive to me to know that these people had brought a ghost town back to life.
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