We went to Gifu over the weekend to sort out a little ambition we hadn't realized we even had. Ever seen the HSBC advert about amazing fishermen in Japan that have a relationship with the local birds that help them fish at night? Been there, seen it, done it. Even had a traditional Japanese dance performance on a parallel boat. Came across a shrine for children too, with rows of paper cranes hung up for good health.
On our boat-of-amazing-dreams, met a very nice family who had some of those cool bean paste and leaf parcel sweets. They were with their friend of 20 years who was also a Buddhist Monk. Hit that.