The Lodi Sister City Committee, along with community supporters, is touring Japan. They left from San Francisco airport on Tuesday, October 15th and are scheduled to return on the 26th. Follow their daily activity on LODI360.com as we publish their photos. The Sister City Committee maintains cultural relationships with Lodi, Italy and Kofu, Japan. Photographs by Lynn Benbrook.
Received on Thursday – Oct 17th featuring a Buddhist Temple and several street scenes.
Welcome photo at Kofu, front row seated from center to left: Kofu mayor Masanobu Miyajima, Lodi mayor Allan Nakanisi, City chairperson Ichini Nokata, Vice Chair shyuichy Hirose. Center right: Lodi Sister city Chair Bill Hinkle, Director of the Kofu Mayor Mitsuno Moshiishi. Rear row Lodi Sister City Committee.
This is a “bed & breakfast” stop over for pilgrims on the way to worship at Mt Fugi. The pilgrims all wore white clothing and straw sandals and “cookie” hats as two of our pilgrims in next photo. This is an original building.
Street scene of Kofu, many bikes fuel prices $ 4.50 a liter, 4 liters per gallon !!
Presentation of scale statue celebrating grape harvest and wine making with plaques in English and Japanese to Kofu mayor Miyajima by Lodi Mayor Nakananishi at formal reception dinner on Wensday night. Statue will be displayed in new city hall.
At the Shinto shrine a trail developed in the 9th century as a trade path over the mountains under Mt Fugi, people placed coins in cracks of the rock to bring good luck from the God of the Mtn like the Travoli fountain in Italy
Received on Monday – October 21st
Joseph’s Birthday Cake
This was an informal dinner with our city guides in a typical Japanese kneeling restaurant with sliding walls on Sunday night 10-21-2013. All the meals were Japanese style and all delicious. We celebrated Joseph’s birthday with cake and singing, a surprise by our guides. We also enjoyed wine, beer and saki ….
Shows sliding doors and server kneeling .. the tables were kneeling tables .. our feet went into holes under the tables .. it was too hard for old people!
Received on Tuesday – October 22nd
A Kofu main street number 241, it goes in front of Kofu city hall two blocks north of our hotel.
Bill Hinkle,Lynn Benbrook,Matsauki Mentori, mayor Miyajima, and mayor Nakanishi at the railroad station leaving Kofu, a sad occasion ! !
Here we are on the Bullet train to Kyoto … thanks to bill and Yoshi the trip through Tokyo main station went very smoothly and no one got lost! … We are on the last leg of our trip. Three more days and we head home.
Dr. Kim decides what to order from imitation samples in window of restaurant , they look real !! They are a visual menu with prices attached. We took pictures and showed them to the waitress for our orders.
Best photo I could get with speed of train, there were houses all the way from Tokyo to Keoto. Just a view of building types.
Received on Wednesday – October 23rd
I couldn’t resist this photo op, you’ll see these vending machines all over Japan … these were on the way to see a Shinto Temple.
Our new guide Misako says the Temple was built in 170 BC and is the oldest temple/castle in Kyoto, The name comes from the spring on the grounds that is regarded to have mystical healing powers, although the monks deny it. The following photos are about it.
Students using the healing water from the mystical spring. After catching the water in a long handle cup they wash their hands then wash out their mouth then tilt the cup to wash the other hand and empty the cup. They are now cleansed.
Yep, even here!
Kintetsu International Travel sponsored a formal Lunch during our tours of Shrines onThursday, with kamono clad watress . About 5 courses, all excellent !
1st course, after that I lost track…
We saw a lot of shrines and castles in Kyoto. I will show only a couple important ones. This is Ninja Castle the military home and office of the Kyoto Shogun(ruler). We had an inside tour but no photos allowed. Originally built in 1603, it has been open to tourism since 1963. Yes, that’s our mayor and daughter in the photo…
This is our illustrious leader with his friend at TODAI-JI Temple park. The deer, about 50, wandered about the visitors looking for a handout (special cookie food). Some became rather put out if nothing was offered.
See what I mean!
Budda is behind me, not the front one, although I look as healthy!
Tonight, thurs. 10-24-13 we are going to see this lady who is a professional Gaesha, should be interesting…
MAJOR castle, it’s the home of a 14 story Budda. That’s 156.80 feet tall next two photos show size, WOW !!
This is our last dinner together on Thrs. Nite. One of the older parts of Kyoto is visible in the background. The theatre performance was really good as seen in previous video. Now it’s Friday 12:30pm getting ready to go to the airport, sad, but happy also to be going home. “Parting is such sweet sorrow” !!!