Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Work In Progress Wednesday - Almost but not yet

All I have left to do is unravel up to the stitching line to make the fringe.  It is really hard to unravel!  Maybe I'll have it done by next week.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Rest of the Day

(This post tells about the first part of the day).  

After spending the morning at the shrine and the waterfalls, we had lunch at the Dairy Farm.  We saw the Jersey cows taking it easy in the barn before going to the pizza restaurant, where they serve cheese from these cows.  We ate blackberry ice cream cones for dessert.

From this farm area, we had a great view of Mt. Fuji in the clouds.  

After lunch we visited a temple, where there are many lotus plants. 

In Fuji City, we visited a unique park, where many historical buildings have been moved.  

What a great day!  I'm thankful to have been included on this tour!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Monday Morning Star Count - New Fabric!

Queenie Patch has generously sent me all kinds of Japanese fabric pieces!  What a great gift!  I have already started cutting it for hexagons and have five basted with many more waiting to be basted.  Thank you so much!

Linking up with Anthea at Hibiscus Stitches.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Fujisan Hongu Sengen Shrine and Shiraito Falls

Last week, two friends invited me to do some summer site-seeing. It was a full day and I had a great time with them. In the morning we visited two of the 25 sites that make up the Mt. Fuji World Heritage Cultural Site.  On June 22, 2013, UNESCO recognized these 25 sites as having cultural interest. Mt. Fuji has inspired artists and poets and been the object of pilgrimage for centuries. 

First, we visited Fujisan Hongu Sengen Shrine.  This shinto shrine is located in the city of Fujinomiya, Shizuoka Prefecture and is the head shrine of 1300 Sengen Shrines. There is a distinctive two story gate tower that was originally built in 1604 with funds donated by Tokugawa Ieyasu and is now registered as a National Important Cultural Property.  The large pond on the shrine grounds contains a spring and is protected as a National Natural Monument.

Next we visited Shiraito Falls and Otodome Falls. These falls are part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park and have been protected since 1936 as a Japanese Natural Monument.  Shiraito Falls are listed as one of Japan's Top 100 Waterfalls.

I'll continue with a report on our lunch and the afternoon adventure in a couple of days!