Yay! One day weekend!

12 04 2009

What should everybody do on their day off? Sleep in and have pancakes for breakfast.
benno_kitchen_pancakesBenno making pancakes in the kitchen.

In the afternoon we walked past the 100 yen shop to a large park up the hill called Odayama Park. We visited a traditional Edo house, the Old Anzai Family house. It was a restored farmhouse from the early 1800s. A lovely old Japanese man (volunteer tour guide) took us for a tour and spoke slowly so Benno could understand. There were two tatami rooms, dark (almost black) wooden floors in the rest of the house and massive black-wood ceiling beams with bamboo ceilings. There was a sunken pit in the middle of the room for a fire to cook food and traditional oil lanterns lit the room. In the lower half of the house it was a dirt floor and the rest of the cooking and heating water was done here.

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We walked to the top of the hill and climbed Kimisarazu Tower to see the view of the city. You can see the red sign for Ks electrical store (3-5 mins walk from our house) in the distance but we couldn’t see far across the bay because it was smoggy/foggy/dusty/glarey. There were lots of drunken young punks at the tower, disturbing the serenity.

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On top of the tower is Prince Yamato Takeru and Princess Ototachibana, extending their arms to each other. There’s a story that goes with it about how the prince was sailing across Tokyo bay when a storm hit. The princess threw herself into the Tokyo Bay waters to appease the water gods and saved the prince from his destruction.

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We saw a wild butterfly on our walk and ate sweet potato ring chips.
wild_butterfly

sweet_potato_rings
Dinner was spaghetti with garlic bread and brownie with strawberries for dessert.
brownie

Benno’s birthday brownie, ordered over the internet from a veg* organic store in Saitama.