Thursday Treats

Mister and I have returned to New Zealand after a visit to Japan.  Such a beautiful country and a much needed vacation which has given me inspiration to continue writing.

I have been absent since my last post on December 20, 2012. It drained so much of me to be vulnerable about what has hurt for so long, my infertility.  The past few months have enabled me to embrace the beauty that surrounds me.  This has always been the foundation of Thursday Treats.

1.  The Japanese are extremely polite and respectful. Such honorable traits should be emulated by other cultures, we could learn so much from these beautiful people and their captivating country.  Mister and I spent most of our time in Kobe.

We met lovely locals and and visitors from Australia, Germany and the UK.  Mister looks very happy to meet the locals, or maybe he had too much Sake?

2.  Be prepared to be bombarded with a whole lot of delectable delights!

The food in Japan is absolutely divine.  The Sashimi and Kobe beef were my favourite.
The food in Japan is absolutely divine. The Sashimi and Kobe beef were my favourite.  Prior to our visit my chop stick skills left a lot to be desired.  Now, I am a pro!
Mister and I are in love with Japanese food.
Mister and I fell in love with Japanese food.  One of my favourite meals was a Hot Pot mix.  I wasn’t sure what the actual meal was until I asked the chef after I had consumed every last bit.  The Hot Pot consisted of cabbage, pak choy, mung beans, offal and pig intestines.  I was taken aback with the offal and intestines, however glad that I tried the delicious delicacy.  Lesson learned, don’t knock it ’til you try it.                                                                   
Mister and I still managed to squeeze in a few coffee dates at Vie De France.
Mister and I still managed to squeeze in a few coffee dates at Vie De France.  What I loved most about Kobe was being able to hop on a train with Mister late at night to grab coffee and treats.  Stores and restaurants closed well after midnight.  In New Zealand most stores close at 6pm.  Kobe, the city that never sleeps.

3.  Our visit to Hiroshima was a humbling experience.

Top Right: The background is of Genbaku  Dome in Hiroshima.  The only structure left standing in the area where the first atomic bomb exploded on 6 August 1945.

Mister in front of the Genbaku Dome.
The only structure left standing in the area where the first atomic bomb exploded on 6 August 1945.

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This photo sums up how I felt after going through the museum, utter sadness.  However, I was overwhelmed with the beauty and serenity of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

4.   Kyoto, a beautiful city of temples and geisha.

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5.  It has always been a dream of mine to see Sakura in Japan, to touch and smell the blossoms.  I found the most beautiful Sakura in Kyoto.

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So much beauty surrounds us.  We just have to open our eyes to see.

Check out the Thursday Treats category for more treats.

Love & Laughter,
Curly Miri

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30 thoughts on “Thursday Treats

  1. So glad you’re back! I missed your wonderful photos and beautiful smile. I have been away from my blogging too and need to get back. I thought of you last night and there you were this morning, wow, thanks.

  2. sounds like an awesome trip. I’m also fascinated by the Japan – one day I’m so going to have to go. My wife is vegan though – not sure any of your culinary experiences would really work for her!!

    • Hi Charlie, it was a beautiful experience. Your wife would absolutely love the range of food available, a range of bean and tofu dishes and an assortment of fresh vegetables cooked to perfection!

  3. I’ve always wanted to visit Japan!! I’ve heard a lot of amazing things from my sister for she’s been staying there for several years now. Seeing the photos makes me want to pull the time so I can be there too 🙂

  4. I’m thinking of going to Japan and Korea at the end of the year. It was great to read about your positive experiences in Japan 😀 I will definitely be eating a lot of those ‘delectable delights!’

  5. Glad you are back. Japan is amazing and the food there is so different to the Japanese food we get in New Zealand. I found it took a little getting used to but loved it all the same. I would love to try the offal hot pot. I don’t think we eat enough offal in this country. If done correctly it can give chicken breast a real run for its money!

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