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... get the idea, I thank him and walk off. A while later he taps me I eh shoulder. To be fair I'm ready to stab him with my nearly acquired umbrella. He offers me a lift. Hmm. What to do. He seems harmless enough and I do have my umbrella, I'm also twice the size of him. I've heard this sort of thing is common so I agree. His car is like mine. Full of rubbish. 10 minutes later we "chatted" about places and he pulls up at the aquarium, I don't really want to go here but it's ...
... even in American standard. Got my cap @ Sports Authority, and goggles @ another department store. Supermarket was our favorite! Very entertaining just browsing the variety of sashimi, sushi, bentos, let alone all various cooked food. Not expensive at all, especially with the quality of food.
Alex and I shared a sashimi box, and he had 2 skewers of chicken and 1 skewer of pork all by himself. I believe he’s going to pass the cruise ...
... Kagoshima in the evening. No museums or temples though as they were all closed.
Day 2 in Kagoshima and it was an early morning bus to Chiran - about 40 km south of Kagoshima. This town is known for its collection of restored samurai houses, tea (green of course) and the Kamikaze Peace museum.
It was Chiran's airbase that was the point of departure for most of the kamikaze flights in WWII. They call them "tokko", not kamikaze, although interestingly the ...
The reason I came to Kagoshima was because it was described as laid back. Also there's an active volcano in the bay. I spend most of the day here I had walking. First I checked out the Senganen-en Gardens. The highlight here for me was the walk up the hill at the back. Then I headed back into town and made my way up Shiroyama Park which overlooks the city. After that it was down to the harbour for a beer while ...
... We walked through one of their very spartan barracks.There are large and small video screens featuring interviews with family members and support staff, even one with the restaurant owner. Unfortunately, almost everything is only in Japanese. There are audio guides in English, but our visit was too short for them to do much good.
As this was a Saturday, the museum was packed with Japanese taking it all in. The messages being reinforced seemed to be: The war was ...