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... It depicts the life of how Mikimoto started the pearl business. Unfortunately, due to the shortage of time, I could not finish the exhibition. He had started out by selling vegetables and saw the potential of selling pearls to the Chinese for traditional medication.
We caught a bus at 1pm to the real Ama women exhibition. They provided us with a sample of freshly grilled seafood - fish, oysters and snails. I gave the oysters and snail ...
... br> very hard. At least it enabled us to test all our waterproof gear for the rest
of the trip!
After lunch, we went back to Toba to visit the Mikimoto Pearl Museum. We
didn’t learn anything new compared to what we saw in French Polynesia during
our honeymoon but the museum had quite a few examples of pearls and creations
made during Mikimoto’s history (very famous brand in Japan and all over the
When the parade started to move we went to watch. It was incredible! At the head of the line was a huge float with a large Ise Ebi model that moved! Behind this float was wagon-type vehicle carrying a large group of traditional Japanese drummers from the high school, from which the festival's music emanated from. And afterwards, a long line of dancers of various ages and skill, from near and far all dancing to the same festival music. Spaced throughout this line was ...
We travelled with Sam and Shoma to Shinojima and Himakajima. These are both Islands off the Chita Peninsula south of Nagoya. The islands are apparently famous for their fugu (the famous puffer fish which could kill you if it's not prepared the correct ...
... meat? dumpling, a weird chicken sandwich, a couple of beers and (fingers crossed) chocolate doughnuts for breakfast.
We asked the desk for an increase in the heat, so they pulled out a space heater. One of the desk clerks came up to our room and showed us how to turn on the heat - no thermostat, just four switches (labeled in Japanese on the in-wall alarm clock console). Ah, ...