Attending more diplomatic missions today, the cultural attache continued to showcase his diplomacy and statesmanship. As you well know it is a requirement that one removes their shoes in the temples in Japan. Having done this, often there are little slip ons available if one wishes to move to areas requiring shoes to take photos. The attache having decided that a photo opportunity had emerged noted a little pair of white slip ons which he popped right on to his feet – commenting on the feminine qualities to myself and Mari as he prance and jaunted around the the dry landscape of Daitoku – ji. Having removed the shoes whilst under the gaze of a dainty Japanese lady one could not help but note that she then slipped the shoes on and appeared somewhat disgruntled.
This little episode followed his efforts at the Hokyo-ji – where not satisfied with his positioning he took prime position with the press photographers (although he was not wearing the obligatory arm band reading PRESS) and one might congratulate him for his beautiful shots – they are a joy to behold.
And for his encore performance, the cultural attache rounded the day off nearly tumbling from the steps of Hoju-ji and taking a few passengers with him – at the very moment that silence was paramount – followed by knocking his head on the low beam of the temple at the very next extra quite moment – as he says “lucky I had my sunnies on my head otherwise I would have taken the full impact of the blow and been knocked out”.
Poor Ninja is very unwell right now after a big night at the sushi train and 20 odd plates of sashimi – he has just been given a stemitil and lots of water and popped into bed – Poor Ninja needs to recover for last diplomatic mission at Nara tomorrow – although things are looking grim at present with his dodgy tummy.