Hotel Area One Kagoshima
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... whether they make some kind of dish out of the Moray eel. The waiter said no, he is my friend! An hour or so later, we were thoroughly stuffed with some of the best sushi/sashimi we've had on the trip. It was truly impressive!
While we were having dinner, two gentlemen joined us at the sushi bar. I don't think we had started a conversation but soon after we had both commented how great the food was and how full we were, we were offered the restaurant specialty of ...
... is a step backwards from the 1988-2004 board of choice the Mistral IMCO (Brian has had 2 of these). Nevertheless, committees are often influenced by things other than common sense. Now that we knew that the windsurfers came out to sail here, Brian was determined that he would kite here.
With kiting being a very possible opportunity, we made our way to my family's home. We were given a traditional tatami room, the first for Brian, with ...
... ready pretty quickly to check things out. After about a 5 minute train ride and a 40 minute hike we arrived at Iso Swim Beach. There was almost no wind on the beach but a wind line was approaching and it looked like it might be possible in a few minutes to kiteboard. The sea here is impressive and in the middle of Kagoshima bay is a giant smoking active volcano! Yeah, no kidding, this thing is discharging ash probably as I type! We caught a few pretty good pictures of the bay and ...
... was very close to beating that!
After a cheery goodbye, we ventured out to explore Kagoshima and ended up walking along the riverside, roughly heading south towards the seafront. There were some interesting statues along the way, and the sky was sunny and cloudless.
Oh, except for that big grey cloud through the trees. No biggie, that's just the casual NEARBY VOLCANO.
... Stupid fast. Long day of travel, crash back at Aunt Keiko's in Ishkiri only after 2 more train transfers.
Chiran (知覧) is a small town in the middle of the Satsuma Peninsula in Kagoshima Prefecture. Within the town there is a preserved samurai district with houses and gardens that date back about 250 ...