Thursday, December 13, 2007

Spring water used for making sake

Machinery that polishes the rice for sake

Mold added in the fermentation process

Tasting sake!

Making washi paper

Equipment for making paper

Paper drying

Bell Tower in Kawagoe


Candy, candy, candy!!

Fish-shaped waffle molds. They put fillings in the waffles, like sweet potato, custard, and sweet bean paste. We tried the custard-filled one. Yummy!

Making the waffles


Inside Kitain Temple in Kawagoe

Inside Kitain Temple

Inside Kitain Temple

Inside Kitain Temple

Inside Kitain Temple

Outside the temple

Creepy Alien Buddha Disciple

Toenail-Clipper Buddha Disciple

Nose-Picker Buddha Disciple and Zach

Hello! Things are good here. I can't believe it's already Thursday. I've been kind of busy and have been meaning to post some photos from a trip we took last Sunday. The base has a travel office that offers a bunch of different tours---one for every day of the week! And they are usually quite affordable. We picked a tour that took us to a small sake brewery called Seisun, where we learned all about the brewing process and tasted the final product. Nothing like sampling alcohol at 10 in the morning! Then it was off to a paper-making factory that makes handmade washi paper. We made our own paper postcards, and they will send us the paper after it has dried. I'll post a picture of the final product when they arrive. The tour concluded with a trip to the town of Kawagoe, which has a lot of old buildings, an entire street devoted to candy (!!!), and a beautiful temple called Kitain. This was my first temple visit in Japan, and I was so amazed. Adjacent to the temple was a courtyard with 540 carved stone statues representing the disciples of Buddha. We left offerings at two of them because they made us laugh. Check out my darling husband and his favorite---Nose-Picker Buddha Disciple!


Anonymous said...

Love the fish waffles, and you are such a cute couple!

This one's for you, Jen:


Jennifer Blackburn said...

Ah ha ha ha! Hilarious! I notice she doesn't mention how much it weighs though... probably about 40 lbs I'm guessing. Actually, the more I look at it, the more I kind of like it. It's better than some of those fancy outfits people wear to the Oscars! But for $1500 it's not much cheaper than Vera Wang. Hmm, Carol, I bet you could knit these and be a millionaire in no time!

BTW I love how this dress is categorized under Hazel & Melvin's Room > Sock Monkeys > Wearable Art. And if you follow the link to the "Sock Monkeys" category, you can find "Conjoined Sock Monkeys" which are so so warped! Nice one Karen! :D

Jennifer Blackburn said...

Oh, I forgot to respond to LN's post, which is after all the reason I came here, not just to look at sock monkeys. Not that there's anything wrong with sock monkeys. No judgment here! Anyway LN, I guess you have pretty much figured out how every single damn thing in Japan works now. Please send me some fish waffles right away, they look delicious. I promise to have them with sake at 10 in the morning.

Anonymous said...

Sure. No time at all. I'm a very fast knitter and I have a long line of people beating down my door for sock monkey dresses to wear to the Oscars. As soon as those millions roll in, I'll take you to dinner in Tokyo in my jet.

The sweet potato in the waffles reminds me of something. For those of you who are Norwegian, or who have babies, or both, I found it interesting that the Gerber sweet potato puffs taste just like krum kakke. They're also a lot less work to come up with (that'll be $2, please).

Ellen, your tour looked like a lot of fun. Paper-making, even---very cool! ---Carol