|Two of Hara Akiko's dolls|
Her Iwata house is from her former marriage and acts as a vacation house or a "summer" cottage. This is the house where I visited her last time in 2005 so it is very familiar to me, even my "old" bedroom upstairs with a real Western bed (and Western toilets--- more on those later).
Although it's a large town, Akiko-san found that living in the city has been better for her creativity and selling her work. No one ever came to her shows in Iwata because there were so few people interested in her work.
I asked if we could go out and take a walk. I'd been sitting and riding in cars a great deal more than I had expected and walking felt so good. It was also a gorgeous warm day.
|Entrance sign to the Azalea Garden|
|Some bushes are reblooming in late October.|
|A gnarled tree trunk in the temple compound.|
|This small building houses the remains of|
locals' cremated pets.
|Red torii signify the entrance to a temple.|