Taking a walk in Nara-machi village, I stopped in front of a shop with the sign that said, "Tool Shop."
Nara is a town that's left in a history, and in old days, the signs of shops were simple like fish store, blacksmith, etc... But, tool? With these Japanese characters, the sign sounded like "we have everything, that exist, related to tools.." Well.. the shop doesn't look as big as Target. It's impossible... So, I concluded that's a craftsman's pride, saying "Just come inside and take a look. We have real high quality stuff that make you shut up.." I should go in and take a look next time. :)
A thick, dark brown counter with speciality sake made locally and the signature grilled chicken welcome you at the Bar/Restaurant "KURA" in Nara city. With the great service that always makes you happy, this is, no doubt, one of my favorite eateries in Nara City.
This time, I went with an old friend, who was in town on business. 'Cause we hadn't seen each other for a long time, there were a looooooooot to talk about what happened in our lives since. On each and every topic, we dug deeeep in juicy details... The talk didn't move forward much. I didn't even have time to touch Jiu-Jitsu when my life now cannot be separated from it.
Is this because we were close before and we just assume that we should bring it all up to the same level? Anyway, it was a fun night and we said we'd do 2R in a few days to finish up the job we started. Can't wait. :)
Went to Todaiji Temple Museum, over the weekend, to see the famous crown of the Fukuukenjaku Kannnon Statue.
Made in 8th century, this is an extremely bold, yet super intricate design made with jar-dropping precision. Colors of stones (jade, amber, crystal, peal) together with the unique design gave off a somewhat cheerful feel that even reminded me of Hindu Gods.
Feeling exotic, I had no choice, but to drop by an Indian restaurant for dinner... ;)
I recently changed the jobs and the new team threw a welcome party for me in Umeda/Osaka. Since I haven't been able to explore this city much, they took me to a couple of must-try joints. One place with a smashing fried chicken - super crispy & juicy. Yum... And, the second place was a sake stand under the rail with a chewy local delicacy (cooked organs), Dote-yaki. It was a fab night out. Tasted and smelled Osaka. It may be about time for me to hit the famous comedy house, Yoshimoto Theater soon. :)