Just a few photo’s of Kobe. Maybe you remember the earthquake that almost destroyed them?
Or the iconic skyline?
A Shinto temple – also in red 🙂
A classical granite statue or two..
Why didn’t I drive there?
This must be the most beautiful graveyard in the world then.
The peony garden. I guess the umbrellas are to protect the flowers from the rain.
I’ll sneak in a few close-ups of peonies growing in another garden, you will never know the difference 🙂
They grow at Himeiji castle.
As the whole world should be represented, you must have a lake and a mountain. Also in this case, a rice field, to symbolise the local harvest, – so a rather important one.
This is (where) the rice field (goes). DId you see the turtles?
And more blossoms to wrap it up.
Fortunately further north in Japan the cherries blossom later so I caught them again in Takaoka. It is on the west coast of Honshu, near the Japanese Alps and on the Sea of Japan. A very Japanese city 😉
The castle was destroyed for political reasons, but they kept the moat and gardens.
How to improve on pink cherry blossoms? Perhaps a red bridge and a few sculptures?
Plant another variety..
Have a festival.
And you’re there, the way out..
These live in a lovely pond in Hiroshima in Shengen-en, one of the most beautiful gardens in the world.
They even put umbrellas up over the peonies so that the rain doesn’t damage the flowers.
Ramen; – the recipe remains a secret, the chef only speaks Japanese.. The dragon scales themselves were not my favourite but the rest was very good. Chopped onion and bamboo with a slice of pork..
In Japan you never have to ask for water with your meal, from the moment you sit down they keep your glass filled with ice water. If you have google translate you can have it without ice as well 🙂
What used to be the biggest castle in all Asia. Not far from Kobe, is the city Himeji with her beautiful castle and gardens.
Its a wooden building that is plastered to protect it from moisture and fire. The tile roof is also sealed with plaster, – thats why its so white.
The egret nest castle.