Steve and Rachel are returning from Montreal to the UK via Japan and China.
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Saturday, September 03, 2005


I've been meaning to do this for a while. I'm hoping someone can help. While we were in Nagoya, I wandered off to buy some sandals, and came across a big temple. There was some amazing loud drumming going on, so I went in to watch the monks for a while. As I left, they stopped and I thought that they had finished, but then they processed out of the temple, so intrigued, I stayed to watch what would happen next. They walked out to an area where seating was laid out, there was some chanting, and then they set fire to a brazier of hats!! I couldn't find anyone to tell me why they were doing this, so if anyone knows what might have been going on, please let us know! (It was mid-August, if that helps).


Dad said...

Dear Rachel can't help you with this one but as UBE can stand for unsolicited bulk e-mail or spam, you had Spam Ice Cream or
perhaps this defintion-
Tropical ice cream

Ube (Purple Yam)
Although yams are very similar in size and shape to sweet potatoes, they contain more natural sugar and have a higher moisture content. Depending on the variety, a yam's flesh may be various shades of cream, golden yellow, purple or pink, and the skin from off-white to dark brown. Ube refers to purple yam in the Philippines and is one of Magnolia's most popular ice cream flavor.  

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