Thursday, March 21
Kakuozan Nittaiji Kobasan (Temple Market)
Today we ventured out in the surprisingly brisk March cold to the monthly temple market at Kakuozan here in Nagoya.
We were hoping it was more like a junky flea market but instead we found lots of fresh food and flowers and gardening plants and tools. Lovely to look at but not the weird cheap stuff Jason was after.
The story behind the temple is really interesting (read about it here) and the neighborhood is rather hip and full of enviable shops (wholegrain bread shop next to a Buddhist alter shop next to a chocolatier! next to a grave stone cutter next to a breakfast diner). One of the shops we visited was this fantastic European and natural toy shop called Yuubo. Such a sweet place where the kids (minus Sebastian who was still at school) played happily for about 30 minutes.
And despite the freezing temperatures and gale winds, Spring is coming. The cherry trees guarantee it...