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This morning was a bit uncertain as we found out that the volcano at Mt Aso near Kumamoto is on alert and access to the crater is closed. It was only that I thought to check the Japanese Bureau of Meteorology website for the Kumamoto forecast that we found this out.
Mt Aso is the largest caldera in the world with a circumference of over 100km so we were looking forward to seeing it and the only reason we were going to Kumamoto which is ...
... to it, the Upstairs Shrine. We climbed multiple long staircases to get up there. Seriously, a lot of stairs. A Japanese woman showed Emily and me the method of ritual hand washing performed prior to going in to the shrine and we did see a number of Japanese bowing at the entrance of the shrine. We then went to Kofukuji Temple. This was the first Obaku Zen temple in Japan, started around 1620. It has a massive red wooden gate at its entrance and some nice ...
... woman and a wealthy tea merchant all based on the William Glover company. The original house and garden still stand there gracefully overlooking the outskirts of town, as if unmoved, and quite unruffled by history.
You'll see from the photos that the Glover house and gardens are exquisite. The kind of pretty beauty you don't often see except in very old gardens. The wet, humid weather of Asia no doubt helps the lush growth. I found it put my mind ...
... affected. One last thing, Russia has the most nuclear weapons followed by the U.S. Anyhow, Linus and I have been learning a lot. Oh and did I say Nagasaki is a beautiful city? It is so green and lush. It sort of reminds us of Costa Rica. Despite what's it's been through it has been able to rebuild and thrive. I think this is what I admire about Japan and its people. They move forward. For the first time in my travels I don't have a ...
... impressions of Japan,
were that it was just so very green, the foliage is dense, and settlement
doesn’t go too far back into it, it seems. Houses and buildings in general seem
to be all very earthy colours, and so there is little colour around, except for splashes of red, on the bridges, and that is of some significance, culturally,very tidy
,clean and organised as you expect.
Pleased to hear the journey to Arita would be ...
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