I was under the impression that my friend Takayuki would meet me in Tottori, but he suggested that I take an express train to Yonago. According to his plan, we would then drive to Matsue and see the Adachi Museum of Art and stop by our friend Tomo's family Sake brewery in Yasugi (Hirose machi), Shimane and return to Yonago, Tottori for dinner before my last train. This was sounded like a good plan to me, so off I went to meet him in the afternoon.
Fresh spring water from Gassan mountain, the source of the Yoshida family's Gassan sake.
Here I am sampling the fresh mountain water from Gassan.
Brewery front and entrance.
The first of many shots, at the Adachi Museum, of what has been voted Japan's Top Garden by The Journal of Japanese Gardening for 15 years running.
In Matsue, I requested that we stop to see Lafcadio Hearn's house and museum-we didn't have time to go inside, but wanted to make a point of paying my respects. He was the first ex-pat writer about Japan, best known for Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things, but cut his teeth writing as a journalist first in Cincinnati and later in New Orleans. He also lived in Kumamoto, where I visited his house there and Tokyo, where he taught at Tokyo University. I have also visited his grave in Zoshigaya Cemetery in Tokyo.
Coffee stop at a scenic and historical building.
Dinner at Takayuki's local, Jya Jya Maru in Yonago.
Fresh local sashimi.
Next was some local wagyu beef served with garlic chips and ponzu sauce.
Ishi kaki (rock oysters)-massive.
Takayuki's house, which he helped design. It has a southwestern feel to it in my opinion.
Photo opportunity with Takayuki and his three daughters.