The climb up, was not easy a task; the darkness shrouding the jutting rocks, the chill of the night aggravated by the never ending winds and the ice cold rain; the sore muscles and the thumbing heart, the head pounding from the lack of breathing air, the hurdles almost making me to stop and return.
Earlier in the evening, after finishing my work at the laboratory, I got to Tsu station and got tickets to Kyoto. Unlike other times I have traveled to Kyoto, I decided to ride the longer JR line, and got tickets for the local train, that would take me to Kyoto in about 3 hours with 2 stop overs and train changes…
Come winter, the gardens of Nabana-no-Sato are adorned with a million tiny coloured lights, twinkling all the way, atune to the background score…
The Shikenen Sengu, a set of ceremonies, being followed to the book for the past 1,300 years, makes the Jingu, eternally old and always new at the same time.
Mt. Gozaisho, a 1200 ft, high peak, the highest on the Suzuka ranges, is located some 50 km from Tsu, and is an ideal day’s hiking trip.
What made the food more tasty was the way it was served, always with a smile. The making of the food, involved a lot of care and attention to detail, an art by itself, was pleasing to the eye too.
Ise Shima wears a magnetic field around it, a force that never allows the mind to wander far off…
“…And as the evening darkens, lo! how bright,
Through the deep purple of the twilight air,
Beams forth the sudden radiance of its light
With strange, unearthly splendor in the glare!…”
………… H.W. Longfellow