|Got up early and went for a walk back before breakfast. While I left at 6.30am, it was too late for the early morning light, but the gardens didn't open until 7am. Once they opened, it was nice to have them almost to myself - there were perhaps only 20 of us, in contrast to the crowds of yesterday. Was able to focus more on the Japanese styling of the garden, rather than just the cherry blossom. Already the petals are starting to fall
After breakfast, another walk around the Edo period Teahouse (or Geisha) District, which was charming
Early afternoon we had a wagashi, or Japanese sweet, making class. They turned out better than I had expected. Then a walk around the Samurai District, but it was starting to rain so I was losing enthusiasm and interest.
In the evening 5 of us went to the 2 Michelin starred restaurant, Tsuruko, to sample Kaiseki cuisine, which is the haute cuisine style from Tokyo. We had a sensational 8 course meal, that I can't even begin to describe but included crab salad sandwich with sea urchin, firefly squid with wasabi, octopus with sea cucumber, Japanese soup (with prawn balls, shiitake mushroom, sea cucumber ovaries & yuzu flower), assorted sashimi including fugu, grey mullet with pickled roe, rice with black throated perch. As one of the people I went with has no shame, we got a tour of the restaurant, a peek in the kitchen and photos with the chef. It was a sensational night, but it did cost more than 35000 yen per person
Raining heavily all evening - there won't be much cherry blossom left tomorrow