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Activites in Yunogo: Ikebana at Kifu no Sato with master Kuroda Koyo

16,Sep 2015 Activities in Yunogo

The Japanese art of flower arrangement (生け花 ikebana – living flowers; 華道 kado – the way of flowers) is more than simply placing flowers in a container. It is a disciplined art form that aims to express the natural beauty of the plants used, through arranging them in a harmonious way that draws attention to the shape, line and form of the plants. The plants and flowers used in arrangements at Kifu no Sato are all locally grown and seasonal; carefully selected by Kifu no Sato’s exclusive ikebana master, Kuroda Koyo. On Mondays and Fridays, it is possible to observe Kuroda-sensei at his work.

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Day Trip Ideas: Adachi Museum of Art

15,Sep 2015 Day Trip Ideas

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The Adachi Museum of Art, located in Yasugi City in Shimane Prefecture, houses a considerable collection of modern Japanese art. It is also home to expansive and beautiful Japanese gardens. Occupying an area of about 165,000 square metres in total, the six gardens have been ranked as number one in the Japanese Garden Rankings for the past 12 years, and have also been awarded a three-star rating by the Michelin Green Guide.

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Day Trip Ideas: Daisen

14,Sep 2015 Day Trip Ideas

Daisen is a mountain located in Tottori Prefecture. Standing at 1,729 metres high, it is the tallest mountain in the Chugoku region, and also one of the 100 Famous Mountains of Japan. Revered as a god since the ancient Jomon period of Japanese history, visitors to Daisen were strictly prohibited until the Edo period, and the resulting nature that flourished in the absence of human intrusion is truly a majestic sight for tourists today.

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Activities in Yunogo: Glass accessory making at aun

14,Sep 2015 Activities in Yunogo

aun is a modest shop in Yunogo that sells mostly jewellery and other accessories made of glass. All of the goods in the shop are skilfully hand crafted in-house by artisan Eda Akihiro. For a sum, Eda-san will demonstrate how to make a glass pendant, and then guide you as you try to make your own.

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Day Trip Ideas: Nature Centre & Terraced Rice Fields Cafe

11,Sep 2015 Day Trip Ideas

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More than two-thirds of Japan are covered by forest mountains and hills, and with the different islands of Japan covering a wide range of climatic zones, Japan is home to a huge variety of different flora and fauna. Beyond the urban metropolises of Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka that many visitors are drawn to, lies a wealth of nature that is often left unexplored. One place where it is possible to enjoy the beauty of Japanese wildlife is the Okayama Nature Conservation Centre (website: Japanese only) in Okayama Prefecture.

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