Iseshima Royal Hotel
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... again officials with signs and roped off areas directing you where to go. We made it back to Ise and our guesthouse at 6.40. Long day. First thing showers then I went out to source food for boys. They didn't want to go out again. Fun. Later Ed and I went out for dinner. Turns out most kitchens closing. We ended up at a place called Queens Diner which sounds awful except that no one spoke English and it was a blackboard menu with no pictures. We managed to order ...
... angels. Arrived in Ise and raining. Found our guesthouse ie back packers. Ed and I later went to the Jingu temple. Really peaceful and huge. Then dinner of homemade udon noodles in a tiny "restaurant". Yummy. We are getting better at slurping. Then to a jazz festival where we met an animator on South Park for 9 years who is now in charge of the tourist bureau in Ise. Tomorrow Suzuka and more train ...
... 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 ...
... a short train ride from Toba). The
town looked like it was used to cater for tourists but everything was empty at
this time of year. We visited the Okitama shrine from which there is a good
view on Meoto Iwa, the “wedded rocks”. The rocks represent husband and wife and are linked by a rope (shimenawa rope). At certain time of years, Mount Fuji can
even be seen between the rocks. This was not the case for us as it ...
When we left, first we did a small tour of the local high school's fishing boat. But since Kaeko-san (my host mother) felt sea sick afterwards she and my two host brothers went back to Toshimi-san's so that she could rest. During this time Taisuke-san and I went to his marine research lab.
Right now Taisuke-san is primarily researching artificial pearl formation, but the most famous research that the institute is working on right now is perfecting the ...