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RESIDENCES |D E L I G HT S mother teaches her child,” says Kaoru, who is also a trained flower arranger and a member of a local walking group. She’s especially fond of Almonte, with its antique shops and pretty Mississippi River. Elsewhere in the living room — like the rest of the home, its floor is made of wide, pegged boards — is a large painting of a maple tree in the fall with a misty Parliament Hill in the distance. It’s the work of Japanese-born, Ottawa-dwelling artist Mitsugi Kikuchi. “I love this one,” says Ishikane. “This is Ottawa with some flavour of Japan.” Formal dinners in Waterstone take place in the dining room. Large enough to

FO RMAL DINNERS IN WATERSTONE TAK E PLACE IN T HE DINING

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ROO M. LA R GE E NOUGH TO SEAT UP TO 1 8 , IT’S WA RMED BY WOODPANELLED DOORS AND Q U IETLY E LEGANT HUTCHES AND SIDEB OARDS. seat up to 18, it’s warmed by wood-panelled doors and quietly elegant hutches and sideboards. Kaoru enthusiastically points out the pineapple design of the exquisite drawer pulls on one of the sideboards, explaining that the fruit is a symbol of hospitality. Meals in the dining room are generally served in eight-course kaiseki fashion, a fish appetizer, soup, tempura and a beef main course are usually part of the blend. Ishikane is quick to mention that, along with sake, other Japanese wines are often served. “We are starting to have some very good ones: Pinot Noir, Sauvignon.” Less formal meals are taken in the sunroom (the “Plant Room”) overlooking the stone terrace and grounds beyond. Painted white and with an airy feel, thanks to large, mullioned windows, it features a round dining table, comfy-looking wicker furniture and, of course, plants. It’s used for lunch or dining when there are four or five people, says Ishikane. “The plant room is a very intimate one.”

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