We visited some Japanese friends that Nicky had got to know when they were living in London. Situated some 178km (110 miles) northwest of Tokyo Nagano is on a Shinkansen line and we visited on the afternoon of Saturday 4th May. Looking at the photos now I wonder if there was a festival in progress at the Zenkō-ji Temple when we visited since there seems to have been some large crowds.

Photo Gallery: Nagano…

It was a privilege to visit a Japanese family and share a Japanese “breakfast” with them. Also, at some time during our trip, Nicky managed to arrange to attend a calligraphy lesson (private Photo Gallery).