Kansai and Kanto, Japan: Where all things meet

February 16, 2016 4:15 pm
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By N. RAMA LOHAN and S.S. YOGA

Ninjas, temples, cats, castles, lacquerware, pearls and theme parks, that’s Kansai south of Honshu for starters. But it certainly is not all encompassing.

Starting with the Wakayama Castle – destroyed in World War II but rebuilt in 1958. In the majestic structure, you get to see a master green-tea brewer at work, serving you the tea in intricate bowls at the Koshoan Teahouse. And the backdrop is the beautiful Momijidani Teien Garden.

Fancy some hands-on fun, like lacquer painting at Kishu Lacquerware in Kainan, a short drive from Wakayama Marina City? There are, however, plenty of ready-made items for purchase, like tea caddies, wooden stationery boxes, trays and even cabinets.