Old traditions of Japan

Woke early this morning and went to the Miyagawa Morning Market which is set up along the Miyagawa river. Was a small little collection of local ladies selling their fresh fruit and veg, and also lots of rice crackers and pickled everything, you can hardly walk ten metres in this town without the option to buy rice crackers or pickled vegetables.

All over town they had these little huts or windows that you could buy food on sticks, one we saw a few times was one with sticky rice balls covered in soy sauce called mitarashi-dango, was ok!

 

Next on the list was a visit to Hida-No-Soda which means Hida Folk Village with a number of traditional buildings with thatched and shingled roofs, was like walking back in time.

 
Was a little hard to get photos inside due to lighting, but a few below will give you the idea. First one is a hall way, with the rooms on the left and then the white walls slide open to the outside.
Below is the inside of the thatched roof, was pretty impressive.
All the houses had a fire pit in them, which was the kitchen, you can see white labels of each side of the square, these indicated who sat where.

You could also have a go at a number of different hands on activities……so naturally we tried them all! First was dressing up like farmers…..don't we look awesome!

Next was water pistols….fill them with water and then try hit the target and spin the propeller….we both hit it!

We also played some kids games made of wood, the aim of this one was to land the ball attached to the string onto the cup….Claudia was very impressed she got it!

 

I attempted to walk on bamboo stilts…..this was not easy, and in no way did I master this.

We also got to cook up some rice crackers in the kiln.

One of the must do things to any trip to Japan is a stay in a ryokan, a traditional japanese wooden house with tatami mats on the floor, and sliding rice paper doors separating the rooms.

Ours also had a onsen, hot bath, which we soaked in, very relaxing. Sorry no photo of me in it……my manager is reading this!

 

You also get to wear a traditional yukata after your bath.

Part of the experience is having the traditional dinner called a kaiseki in your room, where you can continue to wear your yukata…..so we did! We had the most adorable little old lady serve us our meal, all dressed up in her kimono.

You name it, it was included in our dinner; sake, tea, miso soup, sushi, Hida beef, noodles, pickled veg, tempura, chicken skewer, salad and plenty of rice! Was all very yummy, except the pink pickled thing that Claudia tried first and strongly suggested I give it a miss!

 

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