This is a really belated post. Happened once upon a time when Kim Ean was here. (1 month ago).
We went Takayama and Shirakawago. It's listed as the world heritage for their unique architecture.
It seems that during winter, the snow pile up so high, they need their houses to be 3 storeys farmhouse. If snow covered the first floor, they use they 2nd floor window as door and so on. The roof are built so that snow would not pile up on the roof causing collapse.
Shirakawago Village view from Shiroyama Viewpoint.
This was taken inside one of the farmhouse in Gassho-zukuri Minkaen, most of the farmhouses has been relocated to this open-air musuem to prevent them from destruction.
It snowed heavily that previous night. The next morning, we woke up as happy children, kicking and playing the snow at each other on the street at the risk of being honk by vehicles to our way to the bus station back to Shinjuku.
The imperial palace is only open to public twice a year. Which is on the Emperor's birthday, 23rd December, and during the new year celebration 2nd January.
It's kidda impossible to walk around the palace, they just lead you to an open space where Emperor Akihito would addressed the crowds for 5 mins, then you will get washed out the palace by the amount of people in the crowds. Some granny was so pissed off, stomping out the waiting crowds, screaming that she rather stay at home and watched the TV. Granny, I really felt you that time.
Third from left, Crown Princess Masako, Crown Prince Naruhito, The Emperor, Empress Michiko, Prince Akishino, Princess Kiko.
So, we rather amused ourselves by taking pictures with Keihin Tohoku train in Shimbashi.
That night, we invited Kelly to come over my place for dinner. Somehow, it turned out that Kelly was in the kitchen cooking...
The one who was suppose to be in the kitchen was not in the kitchen......
tsk tsk tsk tsk tsk tsk.....
My contribution was the steam egg, 3in1 Thai green curry and frying the chicken marinated with oyster sauce.
But what was after the dinner that were awesome! Kelly made this fantasticly delicious dessert, match with Bailey and redwine that Ahmet brought, 最高！！
Kim Ean ended her Japan trip with hot spring in Odaiba Oedo Onsen 大江戸温泉 with my Japanese foster parents, Kaneko-san and Kelly. It was so cool that onsen because you do not need to bring anything except your wallet to the bath, from comb, toothbrush to all kind of lotions are provided. Admission after 6pm is cheaper, apply for membership, first timer cost 1700￥. Consequent visit entitled 10% off.
I cut my hair yesterday. No more cheapskate looking half dyed hair.
I have bangs and kidda layered bob hair, dark brown. Pictures will be uploaded once I have a good one to show off. :)