Saturday, 23 November 2013

Traditional Shops

Have never been in these, sure everything is out of my price range, but I love that they are there, keeping up some of the beauty of traditional Japan.

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Salt Pickles

Stored in wooden barrels and allowed to mature.  The smell was, special.

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

All in the Details

Love the colour combinations and little details that older kimono have.  So much care taken at every stage.

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Sunday, 30 June 2013

Tarik in Town

It was fun, I'd really been needing to practice in a group with a teacher.  Felt great.

Saturday, 29 June 2013

Sunday, 23 June 2013


Love cycling around my neighbourhood in the evening, glimpse of mountains everywhere I go.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Vegetarian Cafe

Finally a vegetarian restaurant in Yamagata. The egg is even free range. So good!

Friday, 31 May 2013


In the temple to the inner sanctum which houses the Medicine Master, only open to the public once every 50 years. I went for the second time on the last day.  The queues were disappointingly anything but serene.  But still a beautiful morning.

Friday, 17 May 2013

Dream Location

This view made me think how nice it would be to wake up to greenery like this, and take a cup of tea and sit on the deck...

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Yamadera - Mountain Temple

This is the main Temple at the bottom of the climb up the mountain.  Inside the Medicine Master was opened, a once in 50 years event.  The ribbons are tied to the medicine finger, to touch them is to come into direct contact with the deity.

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Hike up to Icy Crater Lake

Not the most clever thing to do with a damaged knee, but sure felt good for the soul ; )

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Perfect Setting

We had a lovely Chakra Workshop for the Spring Equinox in the mountains.  Beautiful morning.

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Lunar New Year

A trip to Mt Haguro.  Such a lot of snow.  For the first time in my life I lost traction on the uphill and actually started sliding backwards.  Made it though!