Yoshi googled and arranged a ikebana lesson for beginner for us.
I had my hands on ikebana today and thankfully, Yoshi was there to translate for us. Soha sensei was a friendly and energetic teacher. She showed us the basics of ikebana and explain a little history of ikebana.
In the Edo era, ikebana was practised by Samurai, much to my surprise as it is always regarded an art form for ladies.
I'm so glad I had this opportunity to learn ikebana from a Japanese ikebana sensei.
After every dinner, Rika will make tea and we will sit around the table to chat till the wee hours. Today, she made tea with oranges and apples. This is really unique and it has natural sweetness of the oranges and apples. Simple idea but somehow, we never try it before.
We spent our Friday and Saturday in Awaji Island. We visited Rika's friend Acco and her family. She has three very sensible and friendly daughters. They were comfortable with adults and we had a great time.
We spent the Friday night in a family run motel. Very clean and cozy place. The kids spent the night away having lots of fun with the iPad.
Awaji Island is just a short drive from Kobe and basically it's like a village. There is no huge department stall, no neon lights. Just nice beaches and uncontaminated environment.
Acco brought us around the island on Saturday. We also went to a nice bakery shop and restaurant.
Sometimes, I feel that we really don't need Bally or Prada. What we need is a nice quiet place and enjoy earth's nature and Awaji is the place.
Acco and her husband felt that Awaji Island could provide an environment filled with nature for her kids. They uprooted themselves and moved to the island. She said there was no need to go traveling to beach resort as they are living in a beach resort fronted by the sea. When her children were in Hawaii playing in the beach, they couldn't tell the different from their own beach in Awaji.
So, I guess each has his own priority, but if you ask me, I'll choose Awaji any time.
We have Gohan (rice) for breakfast this morning. Rika prepared breakfast before leaving for seminar in Kobe. It's really warm to see breakfast all prepared for you when we woke up. This is Japanese hospitality.
Our host brought us to this home run restaurant which is high up in the mountain. The house was built many years ago and it was designed based on the structure of traditional building which exist thousand years ago.
The embience was very unique and the soba was oishi. Pricing was reasonable too.
Thanks to Yoshi and Rika who drove us all the way up the mountain. We were lost for a while but thankfully we found the place. Without them, we wouldn't get such wonderful experience.