|My favorite beverage: Japanese green tea|
When we finally reach Ashiya-shi (Ashiya-city), Tomoko-san explains that when her parents purchased their house, the area was very middle-class with moderate incomes. In the last years, it's become a very fashionable and expensive area in which to live. There are expensive (and excellent) restaurants, high end clothing stores, and very unusual and beautiful houses.
|Very unusual and expensive house front (garage to|
left and front door at end on right). Flower planters
are in the middle alcoves. Traditional American
quilt pattern mosaics are part of the sidewalks.
|Ashiya city manhole cover with Japanese matsu |
pine trees and waves
|Manhole cover with lilies for water drainage|
|Manhole cover for electricity|
|Very small "manhole" cover for water connection|
After settling at her house (very, very steep and long stone stairs up to her front door) and more stairs up to my room (these stairs will become an inside joke between us--- more soon on this). She loves cats, as I do, but hers are extremely shy. I'm not quite sure how many she has---- 5 or 7, I think. All are rescued from outside. It's only within the last day or so that I have been able to somewhat pet and scratch Bibi---somewhat.
|Steep driveways and steep stairs |
|Steep stairs to Miura's house.|