Niigata is yet another beautiful new place we visited yesterday, famous for their delicious tasting rice and sake!
We started the day at the Cave D'Occi winery, which is an absolutely gorgeous place. I felt like I was in Napa Valley.
The air smelled of lavender. I bent down low to take a photo and discovered a few of these pretty guys hanging out in there. They were about 3/4 of the size of an iphone (legs included). They were a pretty shocking discovery.
We did a TV interview inside a chapel on the winery grounds.
Here are the adorable Hiromasa Yonebayashi (Director) and Sara Takatsuki (Voice of Anna).
Ajisai Season ~~ these were especially beautiful.
I had 1.5 hour break (!!!), so naturally I partook of a wine tasting.
I found a few bottles of white to take home with me!
My dressing room (!!!)
Drawing and painting with my new "Marnie" themed watercolor pencils.
I'm sure you'll be able to find these at the Ghibli Museum soon.
Misty mountains and vineyards
It was a misty, rainy, grey day, but with so much beauty all around.