After our Sake Brewery tour and tasting, we had fun at the Washi-no Sato and made washi paper postcards. Logan learned how to skim off the paper material from the water tank into postcard frame molds. The water is skimmed and pressed from the paper and turned over onto the table for decorating with real petals and stems. After decorating they put a thin layer of paper on top and dry them.
Then it was off to Kawagoe, also known as Little Edo for some shopping. We had an unexpected stop at a temple though, which was actually pretty fun to see. I can’t even remember the name of it now but it had a nightingale bridge, which many people believe you have to drive all the way down to Kyoto to see one.
The nightingale bridge dates back to the time of ninjas. If you look under the bridge you can see nails rubbing against a clamp. They are designed to make a chirping sound when you walk across them and were used as a home security so no one walked past undetected.
Photography isn’t allowed inside any of the temples. But we did go to the stone garden afterwards. There are hundreds of statues, each completely different. There’s also a statue representing each of the Japanese Zodiacs so we had fun searching for the statue that represented our year. Mine was the year of the dog and Logan’s was the year of the mouse. You rub them for good luck and leave a coin if you wish.
And finally we were on our way to Kawagoe! I had no idea it was Little Edo. I wish I had researched it more before going. They had so much wonderful shopping but Logan was a little worn out by this time so we didn’t get to shop as much as I would have liked.