September 24 in Kamiyama

Diary 2008.9.25



I felt  a renewed sense of motivation yesterday after last week's paltry diary entry. This week I made sure to take lots of pictures. September 24 was a special day because it was the day that Andrea's international driving permit came in the mail.
You can see her ecstatic face in the title photo. Keiko Kudo and I ran into Andrea at Hidenoya during lunch and Keiko gave her the envelope with her license inside.

Lunch at Hidenoya - this particular combination cost me 700 yen

After lunch, Andrea showed us around her studio a bit. She has set up in one of the rooms at Shimobun Atelier.

Andrea keeps everything very tidy. She showed us her house models and other lovely things she has collected both physically from nature and also by using her camera.

Next, we went up to the Kamiyama Skiland Hotel to explore the mysterious corners of the property. We made sure Andrea got to see the three-cornered torii gate as well as the famed time machine.

The time machine is actually an old cement mixer which might have been a kid’s playhouse at one time. There are benches and stuff inside. Keiko tells me that the grown children of the owners of the Skiland Hotel don’t actually refer to it as a time machine.

We crept up behind the Skiland Hotel and found a pathway leading to the waterfall there. There is an irrigation canal leading from the waterfall to the trout ponds and it's got mossy concrete slabs laid on top of it so it's possible to walk to the waterfall. Halfway along a tiny shrine is nestled in the rocks.

Andrea took lots of pictures too. The Skiland Hotel is such a funny place because it seems ugly and even a bit scary at first, but there is actually a lot of beauty there.

Keiko and I went back to the Kaizen Center and I finally got to meet Keiko and David, who are visiting now from Berkeley, California. They'll be participating in Saturday's cooking day.

Keiko and David discuss with Keiko Kudo about what to cook at Saturday’s international cooking party.

Sofie and I will be at the international cooking party too, and we're bringing Sofie's Japanese grandparents along as well. I'm looking forward to cooking (and eating!) with everyone!



Canadian living in Tokushima City. Translator, Interpreter, and Sofie's mom.

Articles by Claire


  • It was such a fun afternoon! Thanks for the post!

    09/25/2008 10:17 PM | Keiko

  • Sofie and I will be at the international cooking party too, and we’re bringing Sofie’s Japanese grandparents along as well. I’m looking forward to cooking (and eating!) with everyone! welcome ! we are looking forward to cooking (and eating!) with you

    09/25/2008 10:54 PM | ニコライ

  • I agree that was a fun day! In that first picture I look like a rodent ha-ha-ha!

    09/25/2008 1:57 AM | Andrea

  • I LOVE that time machine! Can you imagine all the things that have gone on in there in past years?

    09/25/2008 4:33 AM | JJ

  • A rodent...? Oh, a happy Minnie, yes! (Shinya)

    09/25/2008 3:30 PM | 大南 信也

  • OK I changed the picture. I hope this one is OK! I think it's cute, but too bad the permit is a bit blurry.

    09/25/2008 11:14 PM | Claire

  • Thank you Claire! I like it.

    09/25/2008 10:56 PM | Andrea

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