The Noto Peninsula Trip

This post is long overdue!

I know Japan is a series of islands, but I only got to see the sea the Saturday before last. After landing in Osaka, I took the train to Kanazawa, my current city, and since then I have spent most of my time exploring it and its residents. There is always something interesting, from class parties to snow falling early in December (isn’t it beautiful), to meeting Kenyans and having my hair plaited, to cooking various gourmet meals (as the solo consumer, I can tell you they are delicious), to sampling various wines and finally learning the difference between Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Moscato, to going to church for the first time in 5 years (my mother would be so happy) to trips various places. Follow me on Instagram already!

It's cold but beautiful snow is the compensation. This is the path to school, formerly in autumn colours, now all white.

It’s cold but beautiful snow is the compensation. This is the path to school, formerly in autumn colours, now all white.

On Saturday 29th, the International House where I stay organized a trip to Noto Peninsula for its residents. Chartered tour bus with a guide, doesn’t matter the guided tour was in Japanese. We had a translator who did a pretty good job while we dozed in the heated bus. We were served coffee in the bus, and were welcomed into it with juice/water/tea/milk tea.. whatever you wanted. It took about 2 hours by bus from Kanazawa to Peninsula but the view of the ocean was worth it. It was like the last day of autumn, that Saturday. It was rainy in the morning but later in the afternoon, the sun shone and it was quite warm.

Noto peninsula

Noto peninsula

The first stop was Kiriko Lantern Museum. During summer festivals, they (the Japanese) will walk with these lamps through the streets. Inside the museum, the lights are low and the lamps are lit, and it was breath-taking. There were various lamps on display and their history was also explained, mostly in Japanese.

I captured a few bad pictures, so they cannot do the place justice!

Kiriko Lantern Museum

Kiriko Lantern Museum

Kiriko Lantern Museum

Kiriko Lantern Museum

Kiriko Lantern Museum

Kiriko Lantern Museum

Kiriko Lantern Museum

Kiriko Lantern Museum

We then had an early lunch, and for the Japanese (and many other societies), a meal is not just about the taste but the presentation is also important. Observe. Wonder. Proceed to dig in. おいしい。 The beautiful container down-left contains the rice.

Lunch at Noto Peninsula

Lunch at Noto Peninsula

Lunch at Noto Peninsula

Lunch at Noto Peninsula

Lunch at Noto Peninsula

Lunch at Noto Peninsula

Lunch at Noto Peninsula

Lunch at Noto Peninsula

Lunch swiftly dealt with, we went to the rice fields of Noto where they still use traditional cultivation methods as the fields are too small for machine use.  The sea is always beautiful no matter where you look at it from, large, ominous, goes on forever..

The sea goes on forever

The sea goes on forever

The sea goes on forever

The sea goes on forever. The rice fields at Noto Peninsula

The sea goes on forever

The sea goes on forever

The last stop of the day was a traditional tie and dye workshop where we got to make our own handkerchiefs. Once white, now permanently coloured in various patterns.

The white is before, the blue and the rest is what we aspire to make

The white is before, the blue and the rest is what we aspire to make

Boiling the handkerchiefs in the dye

Boiling the handkerchiefs in the dye

Boiling the dye

Boiling the dye

The end result

The end result

As we made our way back, we stopped by Noto Airport, a small airport where we watched a plane land. I have watched planes take off but never the landing, it was exciting! After that, we waved at disembarking passengers, I am sure they were wondering if we were nuts! Well, in our defense we had seen some other Japanese waving too, but probably to their families!

X marks the spot where it will land. Well, not x exactly.

X marks the spot where it will land. Well, not x exactly.

It was a day well spent. I look forward to the lantern festival in the summer.

For now, the focus is on staying warm. And learning Japanese. So don’t worry if you don’t read a post from me in a week, a lot is happening in a relatively quiet city, but there is no time to put it all in writing.

じゃ、またね!

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7 Responses to The Noto Peninsula Trip

  1. woolie says:

    Sounds like it was a very interesting trip – now I am curious. Travelling to all these different places – do the people of Japan have many ethnics like us? Those dishes look real tasty, by the way.

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    • savvykenya says:

      In these remote places, I am sometimes the only black person! So sometimes I do get requests to take photos, or touch my skin. I now know what being a celebrity must feel like!

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  2. woolie says:

    Great piece Savvy. The change in the weather seems so dramatic. The scienific explanation never quite does it for me. Why does it get so cold!

    You cannot escape the fact that you are a celeb (in the best possible meaning 🙂 ) I muddled up my question though. I wondered if Japanese from the Coast speak the same language as those from Kanazawa. Do they have their own ‘tribes’ in Japan?

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    • savvykenya says:

      Ah now I understand. While in Kenya we have different tribes with totally different languages, here they all speak Japanese. However, there are different dialects (more like accents) so they all understand each other.

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  3. Mackel9 says:

    壮大

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