I arranged for a wedding party and the theme colour is silver.
I started my Saturday by going to hair salon.
After beautifying, went for lunch at my favorite Tenpura shop, Mikaku @ Roppongi.
Hoozuki protect us from bad lucks.
I got these cute shoes as sourvenirs from Ho Chi Minh (Saigon), Vietnam.
Soles are also cute!
I had Ichiran Ramen for dinner.
There are many foreigners at Ichiran tonight.
Ichiran opened a branch in Taiwan recently and there was a news that many people queue in line.
I like their noodle.
Their ordering system is unique.
If you are interested, please check my old post for how to order at Ichiran.
I woke up late to catch up my sleep after many adventures at the Grand Circle.
I enjoyed breakfast; there are many variety of food to enjoy hours.
Reached to the Forum Shops.
The theme of this shopping complex is Rome and sky changes for morning, day and night.
The VenusFort in Odaiba, Tokyo applys the same concept resembling this shopping mall.
It was fun going ups and downs.
I took these photos at the border of Casino and the Forum and these are my best photos of Casino to share.
It’s about 15 minutes away by a car; It’s worth taking a trip there because food is good – sushi is authentic.
We were lucky because when we arrived Ballagio where the theatre is located, could watch the night version of water fountain dance.
I was in Vegas so should play for fun.
It seems many cargo trains passed by last night; but I didn’t wake up till my alarm went off.
I woke up feeling fresh this morning.
Yosemite is Native Americans (Indians) language meaning Brown Bear.
Many speculators rushed to California to look for Gold especially in 1849; therefore, they are called 49ers which now named for American football team, San Francisco 49ers.
Players are definitely “49ers” because they also rush for an opportunity (ball) to make them famous and wealthy.
This town didn’t die after the California Gold Rush era died because the town became a resting area before reaching Yosemite.
The town preserves cowboy town look.
However, last year it rained well so I could enjoy powerful waterfalls and rivers today!
At the Tunnel View point, I overlooked the Bridalveil Falls (on the right), Half Dome (a peak in the center) and El Capitan (solid granite mountain which is popular for rock climbing on the left).
This fall named Bridalveil because at the bottom of the fall, the mist looks like as if bride’s veil is flipping by wind.
From the different point, I enjoyed peaceful looking Half Dome.
After viewing iconic points from different places, I became hungry.
I had a turkey burger (not a sandwich) and salad with ranch dressing at Yosemite Valley Lodge.
It’s so dynamic and powerful so I got wet at the bottom of Yosemite Fall.
Agriculture is one of major industries of California.
California is famous for production of almonds, pistachios and olive oil.
This is an almond tree.
Salad, corn bread, ice cream and coffee are also nice.
Restaurant is so cute, fully decorated with black bears!
Black bears are everywhere!
After a nice dinner, passed by Rakuten (Japanese leading e-commerce platform with 30% market share follow by Amazon (15%) and Yahoo Japan (3.2%)) and reached tonight’s hotel: the Best Western Plus Grosvenor Hotel.
Okay, my bath is ready.
On the way to Nara for the Second trip of the 33 Kannon Pilgrimage.
It’s nice sunny day and Mt. Fuji is so beautiful with rice field.
This stage of rice field is a symbol of spring, getting ready to be planted.
I had a candy of Ise Kusuri Honpo (Ise Medicine Shop).
It’s black sugar flavor, but it tastes a bit of herbal medicine.
Well, the name of shop already gave me the assurance because it’s from Ise where there is Ise Shrine, Japan’s first shrine.
Yodogawa (Yodo River), Osaka
Nara is basin and a historical city.
No. 7 Okadera (also known as Ryugaiji)
To reach the main temple, we need to go up the steep slope to reach a main temple.
This temple is famous for dissociate from bad luck, and temple’s Buddha is the largest Buddha made by clay.
On the way to the main temple, I hit a bell to dissociate bad luck.
The direct translation for Ryugaiji is Dragon-Cover-Temple.
A Buddhist Monk, Gien shoho, got rid of a bad-spirit-dragon into a well and covered it.
I opened covers…..nice.
This ancient rice is delicious!
I asked for a special prayer for my eyes and bought an eye drops.
Eye drops is very refreshing.
This temple is very famous for many stairs and a tall Hasedera Style Kannon (10m).
Kannon is a goddess but she holds a stick that Jizo holds.
She can function as Kannon and Jizo.
I regret I’m not allowed to take any photos of Kannon but I’m so blessed that I could touch her.
This is the main temple today.
This temple is small and feel cozy.
I’ve been introducing a room from other Royal Hotel Group hotel.
A room might look familiar because the style is almost the same; however, a room is spacious and equipped with basic needs.
This sake is donated to Kashihara Shrine, the largest shrine in Nara.
Of course, it’s verrrrrrry nice.