Monday, September 24, 2012

Rice paddy and Staying at the hotel

Last Friday, we left home to the hotel where is about less than 2hours drive to get together with my husband's 99 year old aunt and cousins from Osaka. We were to attend hubby's other cousin's memorial ceremony next day.  We had passed some large rice paddies; we are having in the harvesting season right now. Kind of lovely to have a chance to see these paddies♪  Due to the rice acreage reduction policy, they are drastically reduced. I enjoyed the idyllic scene sitting in the passenger seat. I asked hubby to stop and took some photos.

And then, unexpectedly we found a little corner of the foot bath. I am sorry that it might be hard to see that hubby and the kind stranger putting their feet in the hot spa.

Close to the foot-bath, there were an old little house with thatched roof.  And it happened to be registered as a tangible cultural asset. This house was owned by a vassal to the lord of this area during the Edo-era.  We had two surprising finding during the nice drive.  Even though the family name is the same one with ours,  nothng to do with our family(*^_^*) 

                                            I took a picture of the signboard.

After a couple of fun stopping, we arrived the hotel;
I hope the Japanese hotel interest you a little. There was a beutiful garden and fancy connecting corridor to  the rooms.

And enjoyed the tasty Japanese style dinner togather with them. Also after dinner hot spa (not the foot bath, haha) was really relaxing. During the drive, I saw some cosmos blooming and wanted to use the flower somewhere in here.

Attending the memorial service the day before, they visited us yesterday (Sunday).
Here is my hubby's sweet 99 year old aunt, who kindly took care of him until we married after he had lost his mother when he was 23 years old.  (his father also died young when my hubby was a child due to weak physical condition serving the war)
His cousins stopped by to our house and we were happy they enjoyed hubby's soba and chatting together.


Heidi said...

I just found your beautiful blog. It is very interesting and your photos are gorgeous. I am your newest follower now and I will stop by again.
Greetings from Indiana,


Que blog encantador. Adoro conhecer culturas diferente e a cultura do país de Vocês é riquíssima.
Parabéns pelo maravilhoso espaço.
Tenha uma ótima semana.

Joyful said...

It looks like you had a wonderful meal and a relaxing time. I would love to be able to use a foot spa or a spa like at your hotel ;-)

Huzhar said...

After long journey, tasty dinner and spa would be so relaxing to you and hubby..
The dining environment is wonderful and the food looks yummy..

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Miyako,
Okay, here we can comment... You did lock us out in your main blog.
Glad that things do work again. But often if you have a problem, just restarting your PC might solve it instead of trying to tweak a thousand things. Hugs to you from your American friend,