After my Geisha photo session, my next stop was the Jidai Matsuri parade. I was at the far end of the parade route, and very early, so I walked toward the place the parade begins. When I got there, I was still early so I decided to stop at Somushi’s, a recommended tea house. Oh my, their link has beautiful pictures.
OMG, I am so glad I went. It is my favorite of all time. It is furnished with old Japanese mixed with contemporary wall hangings.
They had interesting teas like mugwort. I was in the mood for coffee however. I thought this cup and saucer were Bizen pottery but they are not. They gave me this name and I think it is the town they are made in -Ishii Nooto, and a business card that says Do Kka To Yu.
I love this beautiful old bill holder made of wood.
And this fabric coaster.
The checkout counter is made of stone and had this cute fabric cover.
If I could I would take my valentine here. He would like this vegetable chili. I was thrilled by the fresh taste and the variety of vegetables.
I moved a slice of lotus root to the center back of the plate so you can see it’s lacy beauty. Under the vegetables is a mound of rice.
Enchanted, I went to check out the bathroom.
Blue ceramic urinal
The pot and scoop are to purify your hands.
Blue ceramic Japanese toilet
The bamboo pole is helpful for steadying yourself.
A beautiful old metal sink.
They have counter service and cute little tables if you like. Some are outdoors in a garden area.
I chose to sit Japanese style on the floor.
Wall hangings and antique wood adorn the place.
This one from old kimonos with Sashiko stitches, divides two areas.
I loved these beautifully sewn organza ones.
I don’t know why they have the tails? They are for sale. Maybe I could buy a small one?
Alas, too many zeros for my budget.
Well, I have my memory of this lovely place.
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