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... project started to repair the roof and plaster work. The castle was built about 400 years ago and was showing cracks etc. It had survived many civil war, earthquake and bombing in WW2 that destroyed all of Himeji apart from the Castle.
So this morning of we went on the wee hotel bus to the train station, and hopped on the 10.20 'rapid' to Himeji. It was packed with young people heading out to the beach etc. Now the online timetable said it ...
... tsunami pre-warning signs.
We are due to take the boat from Osaka next week for a two day crossing to Shanghai, so we will have to see if the service is affected in any way.
In the meantime the TV news channels here are broadcasting some pretty gritty pictures. One clip showed a motorist trying to do a 3 point turn to try and outrun the wave. It didn't look good.
There seems to be some concern that one ...
... a small retreat just for me.
At my nieces house Joe and I tried to fly my father-in-law's electric remote control helicopter. We failed quite dramatically. But it was enough fun that we decided we needed to to it more.
It was sad to say goodbye to my nieces. They're great kids and I wish I could watch them grow up in a time period less than every couple of years. My sister-in-law, too, is a fun person to be around. I wish I could've ...
... and body and ‘open the hand of thought’. Getting away from the din and bustle of the city, you can soothe the mind surrounded by the chorus of birds and insects amidst the deep stillness.
The Engyoji is a temple complex spread throughout forested area at the top of Mt. Shosha, and was founded by Shoku Shonin in the early Heian period (10th century). It thrived as a training center for monks until the end of the Edo period (1603-1868), and ...
... Tuesday, Wednesday off, so Jess decided to take Thursday and Friday off as well to get a whole week off! Nichelle and Saffiya opted not to, so they were going to be heading home later that day.
Anyway, so we took the train to Himeji City and crossed the main street right outside the station and there it was, at the top of a hill at the end of major thoroughfare, Himeji Castle in all its glory. We stopped at this really cute basement garden cafe ...