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Today we said goodbye to our lovely hosts on Yakushima and Made our way back to the ferry port dropping off our little car on the way. The sea was a little choppy on the way back and we could see from the weather report that the temperature had dropped on the mainland in our absence. We took a taxi to the station on arrival and boarded a train to Fukuoka. Back on the shinkansen we were again treated ...
... I think it would be a fabulous festival to attend - it looked fairly fast and furious.
Fukuoka was practically destroyed as a result of bombing raids in WWII and it is a very modern and interesting city. While it is large by our standards, there are not many really tall buildings and the city has managed to develop a really pleasant atmosphere. It's busy but not hectic. We have really enjoyed our time here.
Tomorrow we travel to Oita.
... all other temples in the region, now only a bronze Bonsho bell, which is the oldest one in Japan, and a few Buddhist statues survive. The temple looked rather rundown, but some construction work was being done on the adjoining Ordination Hall, so perhaps it will be revitalised. There were a few Japanese visitors while we were there, but not the crowds attending the Temangu Shrine.
On our way home, we ran into a group of women ...
... evenings bar, we managed a pleasant conversation despite the owners not speaking any English. Bizarrely we told them all about our travels, and what we were hoping to see in Japan. In return they told us all about Koi fish, sumo wrestling and the tsunami.
All this was somehow achieved using sign language, miming, pointing and a pen and paper. It was like playing real life Pictionary - an odd but very enjoyable ...
... fix of my favourite Japanese dish, ramen noodles, in a place which was a self proclaimed 'ramen stadium' which is apparently one of the best in Japan. I picked up a few final presents and had a last go in one of the Japanese arcades before heading back to the hostel to sort my things for the flight. Tomorrow I fly to Bangkok, Thailand arriving around 2ish local ...