From reflections of war's devistation to cooking up a storm in Tokyo
Since the last entry we have left Miyajima with an early start to fit in a visit to Hiroshima Peace Park before catching 2 shinkanzens (change trains in Shin-Osaka) to Tokyo. Peace Park was more moving than we expected. We only had time to see the dome and visit the memorial to those who died, but pleased we did even this short visit. Then on to the big city via a view of Mount Fuji. It hits you in the eye suddenly as you come out of a tunnel and is a lot closer to the train than we expected. A band of cloud partially covered the mountain with the peak in view above the band. After finding our ryokan in Taito we had Italian just down the road...easiest option and very nice. The next morning we had a cooking class with Mari joined by a couple from London. Great to learn the tricks of Japanese cooking and eat the result. After the class we tried to find a boat trip from Nihombashi to Asakusa, but ended up on a trip out to and down the Sumidagawa. Only Japanese guide but good to see the sights of Tokyo from the water. After the trip we trained to the Sky Tree thinking a different view of Tokyo would be good, but not realising how popular it is and the rigmarole you need to go through to get a ticket. So took a photo of the tower from the base and left it at that. Back to Sawanoya Ryokan via Ueno Park and then tried the French restaurant down the road. Great food, eating confit of guinea fowl with an Italian wine in a French restaurant in Japan! Very small restaurant, only one person show (the owner?), but great night. Rounded off with creme brulee and homemade plum wine...delicious! How can we make plum wine like that?