Our local “cakery” is sort of visited as much for its whimsical architecture as for its sweets & confectionery. Its design reminds one of the Ghibili Museum, and inside its charming rooms, skylights, tower, are every bit as charming as a Ghibili setting.
As different as the above structure, nearby is a stately Japanese home complete with its own traditional garden and little persimmon and plum tree orchards. The residence looks like a miniature version of a Japanese castle. Also nearby, is the local shrine.
A stroll through the local shrine, the Shiratori-jinja (White Bird Shrine) near DS’s middle school, we were pleasantly surprised to see the lovely fluffy/puffy red camellias in the shrine grove…the most charming aspect imho of a shrine.
Shrine groves are some of the remaining pockets of traditional plants and evidence of ancient gardening in today’s over-urbanized Japanese cities.
I noticed a ramshackled old residence for the 1st time though I’d walked this way a number of times before … no longer hidden from view, because it was visible to my view due to the still early undergrowth …
in yet another small private open garden nearby, I was trea ted to the utterly charming views of frog statuary… and spirae japonica..
This is I think, the 3D realization of a character in a famous Japanese brush painting…
and equally romantic country lanes dressed with cherry blossom petals.