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Sunday November 23rd 2014

Painting at Jindaiji, Japan

One of the things I really like about Japan, is that you can indulge in arts and crafts in some fabulous traditionally cultural settings.

Look - you can paint your own rice bowl!
Look - you can paint your own rice bowl!

We often visit the temple at Jindaiji – it is a good and quick escape from the concrete of Tokyo skyscrapers.

Lovely for a Sunday afternoon
Lovely for a Sunday afternoon

The Jindaiji Temple in Tokyo is one such setting in which the kids can spend an hour or so painting rice bowls, cups or piggy banks while you stoll around in an old-style Japan environment.

Map to Jindaiji
Map to Jindaiji

Very peaceful, lots of traditional sweets to try and soba noodles to eat – yum!! Jindaiji Temple is also very popular with couples because legend has it that the temple was established by a monk who wanted to thank a Buddhist god for helping his parents get married.

The noodles here are well known!
The noodles here are well known!

I have posted before on the Daruma … but here you can try one on for size … lot of fun if you are with the family from overseas. This year in March, one of the largest daruma fairs in Japan was held here in Jindaiji.

I have posted before on the Daruma but yes this is where you can dress up as Daruma
I have posted before on the Daruma but yes this is where you can dress up as Daruma

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