What an amazing journey it has been! From Narita Airport in Tokyo, we flew over Mt. Fuji to the city of Nagoya.
About 240,000 people live in Nagoya. We spent the night in Nagoya and toured the Nagoya Castle in the morning.
There is a community in Shitara called Damine. Damine has been there for at least 500 years. At the top of a big hill in Damine, we were welcomed with a beautiful traditional tea ceremony. This was a great honor for us.
|The sweets were almost too pretty to eat!|
|Cherry blossom tea-with real cherry blossoms. It tasted a little salty, but delicious!|
|These "bushes" actually contain green tea leaves that are harvested by hand.|
Later, we met our host families. They were so warm and welcoming! Once at their homes we wore “tanhen” robes which keep you very warm, since there is no central heating. It felt very cozy to sit on the floor around a big table under big blankets and heated floor as we talked and get to know one another.
|My host-sister, Naomi, is a fifth grade teacher in another town.|