Day #1727

Day #1727 Title: Tatami Dining
Location: Shimada, Japan
Camera: Canon EOS 7D / 10-22mm EF-S f/3.5-4.5 USM
Notes: I had an early start this morning to catch a Shinkansen to Shizuoka to meet my friend Tomoo. We then got on a local train to Shimada where he hired a car for the day and we went exploring in the tea production heartland of Japan. The first stop was at the NARO Institute of Vegetable and Tea Science where Tomoo used to work a few years ago. They were having an open day with hands-on exhibits. This picture was taken at our lunch time shop in the beautiful traditional restaurant of a local tea factory. We had a tea-related feast, with just about every dish using green tea as a flavouring. It was delicious! Then we hopped back into the car for a visit to Ocha No Sato – the World Tea Museum. There were more interesting exhibits and the chance to take part in a traditional tea ceremony – something that up to now I had still not done during my time in Japan. Our final stop before heading back to Tokyo was at Horai-bashi – at 894m, it’s the longest wooden pedestrian bridge in the world, spanning the river Ooi. We walked across and back again, just to say we had done it! All in all, it was a great day out, but tiring once more, so I think I will have to take it easy again tomorrow! Read more about my day.
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