Monday, July 24, 2017

Monday Morning Star Count - Hot Week 12

Week 12 of the temperature quilt July 16 - 22

91, 88, 92, 84, 86, 86, 88 
It has been a warm week.

Sarah at Sarah Did It!  is hosting a link up on Wednesdays for those making a temperature hexagon quilt.  Check it out and think about joining in.  You can start at any time.

This is my temperature/color (Fahrenheit) scheme: 

100 + Brown 

90-99 Red  

80-89 Orange 

70-79 Yellow  

60-69 Green  

50-59 Blue 

40-49 Purple 

30-39 Pink 

20-29 White 

10-19 Black 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Okitsu Part 2 - Seiken-ji Temple

After visiting the Minaguchiya Inn and eating lunch, the three of us went to the Seiken-ji Temple.  We were given a wonderful tour and the cost of admission was only 300 yen. I was happy to see there was some signage in English.

The temple grounds are split by the train tracks, which seems a little weird, but there is probably a reason. 

The grounds include some pretty garden areas. 

Be prepared to take off your shoes inside and bring a little hand held fan because there is no air conditioning. We saw some beautiful things both inside and out the windows. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable about everything!  

The temple has been built and rebuilt many times over the years.  The original temple was founded here in the 7th century, as a temple associated with the barrier checkpoint at Kiyomi-ga-seki.  In 1261, the temple was re-established as a Rinzai Zen Temple.  In the 14th century, it was restored again by Shogun Ashikaga Takauji.

These are portraits of sailors in training, who all drowned when their ship went down.  The funerals were held at this temple.

We were able to see some ancient writings stored at the temple.

Below are the toilet and handwashing facilities.  No, we didn't try them out!

This was an interesting place. I think there are 500 statues and it is said that there is one that looks like every person. 

If you have the opportunity to visit Okitsu, you won't want to miss this temple.  I'll have part three of our visit to Okitsu in a few days, so please come back!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Okitsu Part 1, the Minaguchiya Inn

I had a wonderful day with two friends in the nearby town of Okitsu. I had no idea such a great place was a short train ride away!  

The first place we visited was the historical Minaguchiya Inn, which was written about in Oliver Statler's book The Japanese Inn. (Yes, of course I want to read this book now!) It was an actual hotel from the mid-16th century until it closed in 1985 and is now a museum. Starting in the Edo period, this inn served as a place for the waki-honjin to stay as they traveled along the Tokaido Road. By the end of the Meiji restoration, when people were no longer required to travel this route, the inn reinvented itself as something like a beach hotel. At some point a highway was built, blocking the view of the beach and water and business slowed, causing the inn to close in 1985.  

Many famous people stayed at the inn over the years including Tokugawa Ieyasu and the Showa Emperor, as well as samurai, daimyo, poets, artists, and others. 

These photos show a few of the things on display in the museum now. I highly recommend visiting the Minaguchiya Inn!  

Showa Emperor and Empress

After this museum visit we ate lunch at a nice place and this was my set meal.

There is more to come about my day in Okitsu!