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... sword, about as close as I could get to the real thing. (I love this sort of stuff, what can I say?)
After Asakusa, Mr. Sasaki and Mrs. Sasaki dropped us off at the airport quite early, so we had lots of time to kill. From there, we checked in and split up, where I got a few interesting Japanese snacks to bring ...
... and searching for a CD shop. This was primarily my fault as, after listening to some Japanese music with Chinatsu, I was made a fan. Hence the search for an AKB48 (the most popular group in Japan) CD. Thankfully, we found it! (That and, bonus, we came across a Pokemon Center!)
We spent a relaxed evening at the hotel, where I got on the Internet and got to talk with my parents, and then I got ready for the plane ride the next ...
Wednesday started off with a fair amount of travel to the popular tourist site of Matsushima. Before heading out on our boat ride, we visited a temple popularly visited to make wishes, and then a shrine in honor of a grandson of a famous samurai ruler of northern Japan. He died at the tender age of nineteen (suspected poisoning) and so his grandfather saw fit to honor him with a very detailed shrine. ...
... that happening to one of us. Unfortunately, the earthquake simulator was broken, but I wasn't too disappointed.
After eating lunch at a local farmer's market, we went to a town on the coast to view tsunami damage. That wasn't part of the original plan, but I was adamant about seeing it.
The town of Ishinomaki was gone. Debris littered the ground, wood tossed and broken, piles of rubble and ...
... taiko drummers perform and then talking and meeting with other girls around my age. I loved listening to their questions, but my favorite, by far, had to be this:
After much prompting from two high school girls' former English teacher to ask a question the result was:
"Do you...like...Johnny Depp?"
Cue facepalm from the teacher (a Canadian of Japanese descent) and a round of laughter from me! (And the answer was yes, naturally.)
I had a great time at the ...