4 Judy's a Buddhist at heart! Kiyomizu Temple, Kyoto 1999
5 Judy took a short Ikebane class. This is her creation, taking Place of Honor award.
6 Ed with his Maiko girl (Geisha in training), Kyoto 1999
7 Shinkansen Nozomi 500... most sleek and fast of all Japanese Bullet trains, at Kyoto station, 1999
8 Nagoya Castle, 1996.
9 Our hosts Proffessors Nakahara (left) and Okumiya. Mrs Nakahara joined us for this Kaiseki dinner, contrary to Japanese custom.
10 Rock garden at Ryoan-ji, Kyoto
11 Cherry trees in full bloom at Higashiyama Zoo, April 1996.
12 Ed in front of a "flower tower" at Higashyama Zoo, April 1996
13 Yatai parade in Inuyama. These huge "floats" are carried by young men. There is a puppet show on the top, with the puppeteers in the midsection.
14 Dinner In the "western" dining area of our Higashiyama apartment in Nagoya. There was also a "tatami room" for traditional Japanese dining... seated on the floor at a low table. We used it on occasion.
15 Hiroshima, 1996. Strangely, this observatory was very close to ground zero, yet survived. It was shored up a bit and left as a reminder.
16 At Miyajima
17 Picnic under the cherry blossoms.
18 Traditional Japanese hotels, Ryokan, serve kaisaki meals in a tatami floored room in your quarters. Yes, the yakatas are included!
19 We prepared a Japanese meal, includinf sushi, for our Nagoya University friends before we left.
20 Yuko, a friend of The Okumiyas, was assigned to be our Geisha during our stay. In addition to showing us around the city she help with our departure party.