Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Meiji Tunnel and Lunch

After our search for the Moss Head, the next part of our adventure was to visit Meiji Tunnel.  Meiji Tunnel opened in 1876 (the Meiji Era) and is known as the first toll tunnel in Japan. In 1997 the Meiji Utsunoya Tunnel became the first active tunnel to be registered as a tangible cultural property.

It's a little bit of an uphill walk through a traditional Japanese town.

Looking down at the the path we just walked up.

The tunnel is lit, but is still a little spooky.  Oooo-oooo-oooh.

These are teeny tiny oranges

Next is lunch at a traditional Japanese restaurant.  There are only six tables inside, so we had to wait for a few minutes.   

Soba with mushroom tempura (my lunch)

Soba with grated daikon, onion, and mushroom tempura

Udon with mushroom tempura

Addition to yesterday's post - I was asked what are the wooden things in the green box with the kimono woman.  Great question! The woman gave me one as a bonus with my fabric purchase, so I can answer and show photos.  They are stoppers for sake barrels.

Monday, March 30, 2020

The Moss Head is Missing

On the 28th of each month, the road in Mariko that leads up to the temple is a big flea market type event.  I've been twice before - here and here. This month there were few vendors and few people on the road and at the temple. Two friends and I made the walk to the temple.

I was happy to see this kimono fabric seller.  A few of her fabrics came home with me.

We enjoyed some Japanese music.

I was looking forward to seeing the Moss Head -----



We looked everywhere, but the Moss Head was nowhere to be seen. I was disappointed that he was missing.

After visiting the temple, our day was not over ----