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... Kagoshima in the evening. No museums or temples though as they were all closed.
Day 2 in Kagoshima and it was an early morning bus to Chiran - about 40 km south of Kagoshima. This town is known for its collection of restored samurai houses, tea (green of course) and the Kamikaze Peace museum.
It was Chiran's airbase that was the point of departure for most of the kamikaze flights in WWII. They call them "tokko", not kamikaze, although interestingly the ...
The reason I came to Kagoshima was because it was described as laid back. Also there's an active volcano in the bay. I spend most of the day here I had walking. First I checked out the Senganen-en Gardens. The highlight here for me was the walk up the hill at the back. Then I headed back into town and made my way up Shiroyama Park which overlooks the city. After that it was down to the harbour for a beer while ...
... a package of it for 600 Yen-about $6.00 US), re-boarded the bus -wet and tired - and made our way back to the ship. Our tiny and very enthusiastic guide sang to us, told a Japanese folktale and kept up a steady patter of facts and opinions about this part of Japan.
Back on board, looking like drowned rats, we showered and dressed. Dinner companions included an interesting man (Carl) who was born in 1941 in Hamburg, Germany and somehow survived the almost ...
... but merely damaging the American ship. One of the American men on the ship saved the dead airman's headband and, years later, with the help of a Japanese newspaper, returned it to the man's family in Japan. The headband was full of good wishes from the pilot's friends at school, and is now on display at the museum.
Another story was about a Japanese-American born in the United States who was in Japan when the war ...
... moments to walk around town and get feel for the place.
I must say there are tons of eateries here i'm quite impressed. It is really quite well developed a lot of arcades, and a massive train station. Tomorrow i am using my last train pass for a final long local train ride in ...
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