Unfortunately, it is raining today, but I already watched all three festivals so rain doesn’t affect my day or mood.
I went for the morning dip; the bath was switched with men’s over night.
I had a buffet breakfast and I enjoyed their croissant waffles very much.
It’s dangerously delicious!
I didn’t have much time to use their facilities, but hotel prepares many activities for guests to enjoy during their stay.
We departed for Hiraizumi, Iwate.
We reached to Hiraizumi, Iwate where the town is recognized as UNESCO World Heritage.
We visited Chusonji (Chuson Temple) and the temple is famous for Konjikido (Golden Hall).
Today, Konjikido stands inside of a building to be protected.
Everything including the hall structure is made by gold.
We cannot take any photos inside so you need to visit to see how golden it is!
At the premise, there are many places to visit and to pray.
I had limited time so I could not visit all; nonetheless, I visited here before and I explained in details in my previous blog.
Hopefully, you would enjoy reading other days of my blog.
Mine Yakushido Hall
Hondo (Main Hall)
Tsukimizaka (Tsukimi Slope)
The rain was hard so my pants and shoes are wet.
But again, I didn’t mind because I watched and enjoyed all festivals in okay conditions.
These festivals continues for few days and many people planned to visit today.
Due to the weather (heavy rain), some festivals might get cancelled and there is no replacement day.
So I consider myself very lucky.
I had lunch at Sake Brewer: Seki no Ichi, Ichinoseki, Iwate.
Today, factory moved to a new place; original Kura (Storage) became a restaurant and shop.
Under the paper, there are many flavors of mochi (glutenous rice cakes).
Mochi is served to Gods and local people eat Mochi on important days for goods (celebration) and bads (sad).
From top left, zunda (edamame: young soy bean), goma (sesame), daikon oroshi for refreshment (ground white radish), anko (red bean) and kawaebi (river shrimp).
The pot dish is called Oshu Hatto.
This is made by flour and water; same ingredients with Udon (flour noodle).
It’s in a piece before cut.
We break it in pieces by our hands to put them in the pot.
We put them in a boiling pot together with all vegetables.
The restaurant offered a lucky draw by mochi (oh, no! More mochi! These are basically rice so very filling) ; I lost.
The winner get a sake bottle, how lucky!
This Sake Brewer also brew beer: Kura Beer.
I like their beer which has unique bitterness similar to dark beer though it’s in gold.
I bought Sake bottles for the next home party to enjoy them with friends. hahaha
We arrived Sendai Station to catch our Shinkansen (bullet train) back to Tokyo.
Sendai Station is already decorated for Sendai Tanabata which will start tomorrow.
Sendai Tanabata is also known as one of greatest festivals in Northern Japan.
These represents various wishes: health, wisdom, wealth, etc.
We took Shinkansen Yamabiko 152 back to Tokyo.
This was a fun trip!