We were welcomed by a hint of sunshine breaking through the clouds, a faint fragrance of tea and roses wafting from the boutique, and a scant number of Sunday morning visitors.
Journeys through Japan.
It takes a village...so these diverse people gathered on a small plot of land next to a mountain road with a backdrop of mature tea terraces to give birth to a new "spot of tea".
Sumo wrestling is not a super-sized skin flick, nor a turbulent tussle of testosterone. It's more like...
So, now I present to you our own little masterpiece, “Netsuke”!
My real friends -- the ones that soothe my soul, lift my spirits and remind me of the beauty of being a woman -- WERE all around me!
I spent 3 days in mid-July exploring the Kansai region of Japan -- one day and one night each in Osaka, Nara, Kyoto and high above Kobe at the Arima resort area.