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... 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 ...
We travelled with Sam and Shoma to Shinojima and Himakajima. These are both Islands off the Chita Peninsula south of Nagoya. The islands are apparently famous for their fugu (the famous puffer fish which could kill you if it's not prepared the correct ...
Then we headed for Ise. It was a long trip, about 100 miles. It took about 3 hours and quite a few yen, including the snacks. I bought some chocolate that called "Bitter", but it was a medium dark, very smooth, sweet, and delicious. Heidi got some "waffle cut" chips that were very good. Karen thought they were salt and vinegar, but they were not.
Ise Grand Shrine is ...