Old Folks at Home

These ladies were really into Hyakunin Isshu game!

These ladies were really into Hyakunin Isshu game!

Today I visited a lovely home for the elderly built into an older Japanese house. Providing daycare service for elderly people, Hiyorian has a very homey atmosphere down to the carpet and comfy chairs. There were 18 people enjoying each other’s company, conversation and games. Everyone seemed ot be having a really good time.

Etsuko Fujibuchi, owner

Etsuko Fujibuchi, owner

We were given a tour by care manager, Takayuki Kakuda and the care professional Etsuko Fujibuchi, who  is also the owner. The daycare center for the elderly has been in business at this location for over 5 years, but the assisted living apartments next door have newly opened in November, 2014 and applications for housing are now being accepted.

Kakuda-san shows us a daycare room

Kakuda-san shows us a daycare room

What I liked best was the “at home”  feeling. It didn’t seem at all like an institution, but like a family home. I thought I would really feel comfortable here. When I watched a group of women gathered on a sofa, I noticed how animated their conversation seemed. I can see why one would want to come and spend the day here rather than at home. It costs 1500 yen/day to spend the day and you can enjoy this carefully prepared lunch for just 550 yen!

ONly 550 yen!

ONly 550 yen!

The assisted living units have a bedroom/sitting room, a small kitchenette, shower and bathroom.

OldPeoplesHome 024

OldPeoplesHome 023

The house is located in Shinanome, Minami-ward and surrounded by an old Japanese garden. Concerts  and seasonal events are held for the daycare patients. If you want more information, call Magokoro Net at  082-261-8402. (Japanese only!)

We really enjoyed our visit and want to say thanks again for your hospitality!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wood Crafts

While in the area, we decided to peek into this interesting shop which is part a seller of Buddhist altars, but also a home builder and remodeling company. In the front window, the  scale models of an old Japanese farmhouse is an eyecatcher!  The owner, Masahiro Makio, has made these very accurate scale models as well as hte clay figures of workmen.

Scale model: workmen secure the straw roof

Scale model: workmen secure the straw roof

It is especially interesting as it shows in detail how the workers are  weaving ste straw on the roof, or mixing clay for the walls by stomping in it!

Notice the man mixing clay with his feet! This will plaster the bamboo wall behind him

Notice the man mixing clay with his feet! This will plaster the bamboo wall behind him

Makio san made these as well as many fishing lures and also has designed unique furniture like the chair in this photo!

For those interested in remodeling your home in wood or in seeing the furniture, contact Makio Kenzai, 082-885-0074.

Artist, furniture maker and home builder, Makio-san

Artist, furniture maker and home builder, Makio-san

From here we drove around and happened to see a little bakery in an ordinary house. It seems this shope specializes in bagels and there isa great vareity.I chose Fig bagel and one with chopped walnuts! The baker and shop owner, Oride san seems to be very young! He gave us a sample and it was very soft and “mochi-mochi” as we say in Japanese. (もっちりしている!)

Oride-san at Zenpan bakery

Oride-san at Zenpan bakery

Take a look at the menu on the Zenpan webpage. (禅パン 住所  広島県安芸郡坂町鯛尾2-8-16       Tel. 090-9500-9896 Open from 11:00 to 5:00, or order online.

Bagels at Zenpan!

Bagels at Zenpan!

We had a really good day and especially enjoyed meeting the staff at Hiyorian Care center! Thanks again!!

Natsuko and Seiko enjoy the garden at Hiyorian

Natsuko and Seiko enjoy the garden at Hiyorian

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