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Attended the Hikari Matsuri in Fujino with Kai in Oct, a festival for the alternative community. He said it was probably the closest experience to Burning Man I can get in Japan. Didn’t think it was that trippy, but I don’t think I’d have enjoyed Burning Man anyway.
My attempt to look hippy. This was also my Halloween costume at the international kindergarten I work at. I was Shanti, the Indian hippy. lol We met this amazing musician at the Transition Festival in Hamamatsu in August, and here he is again with his variety of instruments, including the didjeridoo.
Looking for food!
One of the installation art works in Fujino, also an artisan town.
Weird Indian & Moroccan (?) couple under the tree…
To save money, Kai got us a place to stay for the night at his friend’s mobile home, aka 0 yen house in Japanese. It was a 20 min walk from the festival, out in the middle of nowhere. There is no insulation at all and it was hard sleeping in the cold. I was hugging myself the whole night in my sleeping bag.
No toilet in the mobile house, so if you want to pee or poo, you do it outside!! Not my most comfortable experience and I probably wouldn’t want to stay in a mobile house with no amenities & insulation again, but at least now I have something interesting to talk about!
Sharing pictures of my annual yoga retreat at Norikura Highland in Nagano in September.
An outdoor cafe selling freshly made pizza from a wood fired oven
Since I can’t eat gluten, I ordered a German meat dish with sauerkraut!
Ayuverdic dinner made by Tami-san, an Ayuverdic cooking teacher.
Tami-san and cute little Hiyo-chan who was still in her mummy’s (a yoga teacher) tummy last year when I visited :)
Outdoor yoga the next morning. 最高！
Ayuverdic brunch (3 pictures)
Gluten-free fried Indian dough made of kuzu with potato fillings just for me! Thank you, Tami-san! :)
Itadakimasu!! So grateful and satisfied with such a spread ❤
Yuriko’s garden at the Bullocks
Burning Man, The Temple of Whollyness
Kai’s US West Coast Permaculture Tour
Kai finally came back this month from his 2-month US trip that included his annual summer visit to the Bullocks Permaculture Homestead, Burning Man (his first experience of the trippy festival), and a permaculture tour of the Bullocks, and other hot permaculture spots in Seattle, Victoria and Portland he led for a group of Japanese people. Along with his return, he’s brought back lots of delightful food he made for me at the farm - dehydrated kale chips with cashew nuts, dehydrated apple chips (Gravenstine, Sweet Sixteen and Pink Pearl apples), dehydrated pear chips (two kinds of Japanese pears - nashi), and canned blackberry and fig jam. Hope to be able to visit the farm and go on his tour next year!
This is the organic lavender Kai planted, and it’s been growing like crazy. I love rubbing it with my hands whenever I walk past and sniff the heavenly aroma that lavender gives. A couple of months ago when the flowers were in full bloom, I dried some up to make potpourri and just to prettify the house. I’ve just read a blog post on how to make lavender extract. Sounds really easy! Since I enjoy baking too, I’d like to try making some. But I’d have to wait till the next blooming season!