Japan, Travel

ただいま

After a very long journey: changing flights in Amsterdam; landing in Narita and immediately heading across Tokyo to Haneda airport; we finally landed in Izumo and happily went to sleep at the family home in Matsue more than 36 hours after we left London.

Waking early in Matsue, it was wonderful to go back and walk the edge of Shinjiko Lake. Watching the fishing boats has an extraordinarily calming effect on us both; looking out across the water made us feel as though we were finally ‘home’. The boats go out each morning but can work until only 10am, so you have to catch them early. They collect Shijimi clam shells, used in a regional speciality, a soup popular across the whole of Japan. Fishermen use long poles to reach from their boats, deep into the water. Some men fish the shallower parts, actually working in the water, sometimes on stilt-like frames attached to their feet.

We’ve spoken about the fishermen before here, but there is such an atmosphere around Shinjiko, with the light constantly changing the colours of the water and surrounding mountains, I doubt I will never tire of photographing this beautiful lake…

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5 thoughts on “ただいま

      • I was never too much of an omisoshiru fan and it’s never been part of my regular diet. But I have come to appreciate it more as I grew older. As for shijimijiru, I think it has the tendency to be saltier than I like because of the darker miso that’s used perhaps??

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