Tuesday, September 7, 2010

I Don't Sake! You Sake!!

Sake is probably the most popular or at least recognized Japanese drink so it was only a matter of time before Martin and I visited the Gekkeikan Sake Brewery.  This a quite a ways away from Kay's parents place and the fact that we we not sure where we were at any given time added to the travel but that is ok with me as it adds to the adventure.  It also forces you to ask others for help or directions and you never know who you will end up talking to.  Like these two japanese girls one of which spent time in Winnipeg.  Anyways,  two and a half hours after leaving Kay's parents and many mistakes along the way we arrived at the Brewery.  It's not a big place really but very cool!  They have a small museum on site to give visitors an idea about how Sake was made traditionally.  Of course at the end of the self tour you get a chance to try a few different types of Sake and plum wine.  All very good so that lead to buying a few different types. The surrounding area was really interesting as well.  It looked like it had been there for centuries with the old weathered wooden planks that the houses and other buildings were made of to the the many shrines and temples of varying sizes.  It took us over 4 hours return in travel for about 2 hours at the brewery and it's surrounds but it was well worth the trip.  The forecast was for rain tomorrow but I guess that It arrived a bit early because while we were walking back hame from the train station we ended up getting totally drenched.  I mean drenched to the bone!   Maya loved it and so did martin and I.  Oh ya, I think I forgot to mention that Maya joined us on this trip.  She is a lot of fun to have with us and she travels very well.  Her dancing keeps us amused :)

p.s. It's still hot :)



  1. Rich,, great story...Sounds like a great day. My goodness Maya must be an amazing little girl...Sounds like she's alot of fun.

  2. sounds like another mini adventure tucked into your big adventure....love the stories. You are lucky to go to the factory....sake is my favourite!! Hope you got to taste some too. Sounds like Maya is a good chaperon for the boys.

  3. Hi Rich,

    That was a great story........so glad you guys are having sooooo much fun.......also glad you are including Maya!!!!!!

    Love, Mom

  4. Hi Rich my first opportunity to review your postings just got back from fishing. First things first the post say you are having a great holiday and that is my wish. Is it hot over their .The boarding pass problem that turned out to be no problem and your choice to but your money into a beer is sound. Did I ask if it was Dam Hot! And sticky! Your Japanese language is holding up well if it is entertaining and people get a great laugh from you use of it. If the phrases are in the correct situation things would be dull. The air conditioner is doing its job and you are getting a good night sleep. This picture of one shrine in Kyoto is neat. You say downtown Kyoto is an amazing place and one. I have always wanted to visit. I didn’t think it would so clean and immaculate! as you describe. Is stinking hot!!!!! from Vancouver to Beijing from Beijing to Osaka to visiting in shrines and arcade malls Kyoto what a great experience .It is had to believe you are just begin Sooooooo …… keep going and have lots of fun o by the way is it hot their !!!!!!!!!!!!



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