I think most people would agree that Japan is a country that celebrates *good* design in all aspects of life...
Take the famous shinkansen (bullet train) that soundlessly sped us from Osaka to Himeji today. My travelling companion, the Live-In-Photographer, was very happy to be experiencing this technological dream (that also allows you to drink alcohol on board too!)...We were off to see Himeji Castle, Japan's most famous castle. It's known as the 'white heron', and it literally dominates Himeji town. It's actually being restored for the next five years so you can't see it all at the moment, but we still got a good look around (including us having to wear the obligatory tourist slippers as we looked inside parts of the castle... and my feet were way too big... Occupational Health & Safety-Nightmare, I tell you!)
Today I'm decked out in Ken Done-mania. There's the leggings (from Day 163/365), the anorak (from Day 173/365), and then my new donated scarf celebrating the Harbour Bridge and Opera House from A.Fan (which is actually a repeat of a scarf I've already shown you on Day 43/365). See, no wonder many Japanese people enjoy Ken Done: he celebrates *good* design in so, so many ways!
And finally, to my own omiyage (souvenir) purchase. Himeji is known for its specialty leather crafts. So what did I spoil myself with? A silver leather teapot bag! And I was so excited, I sampled a 'Sparkling Chardonnay" chu-hai on the shinkansen home. All *good* I tell you! xo