So many great photos...love the knives, the shinto shrine, really awesome hotel. are you sleeping in the cubicle?
The squid on a stick trumps the melons. Now that I see your photo of the zen garden, I'm thinking that's a better alternative than succulents for water free type of landscaping. Seems like it wouldn't take much care at all. Once you have it set up, that's it. Unless, of course, a big wind comes up, then you have to rake all over again. hmmm. Not sure.Nancy
How are your hiking boots doing? Have you seen any of those "pet-and-play-with-cats" shops, that I think I told you about?Barbara