Iseshima Royal Hotel
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... if these are edible as it seems to be such a waste if they are discarded once the pearl is removed.
We didn't have much time at the museum as the Ama women demonstration was about to begin. The women are dressed in the traditional garb and had only a diving mask. They are basically free divers. In the demonstration, they did not go as deep as they would normally.
After the demonstration, I went to the Koichi Mikimoto ...
We arrived in Toba following a short ride on the train from Ise. It was
pretty much deserted at that time and very dark, so much so that we didn’t know
if we were going in the right direction to find our hotel, but fortunately we
The next day (15 November), we had initially intended a boat trip in
the bay but as it was raining a lot we changed our plans a bit. First we headed
to the almost empty town ...
... I mentioned that I loved ume boshii (a type of pickled plum that has a very sour taste), then it was traditional ankko (Japanese bean paste) candies with lots of tea, then it was sponge cakes, dish after dish kept arriving. After I had actually received about 30 ume boshii from Toshimi-san, my host family and I were so full that we had to leave for at least a little bit so Toshimi-san would stop feeding us. She was very similar to any American grandma, always trying to stuff you ...
... octopus. The towns were made up of typical Japanese prefab buildings with narrow walk ways. We hired bikes in Shinojima and circumnavigated the island, which involved some fun off-road time. We had lunch in a small Japanese pub with some locally caught ...
... duets that included what I termed as a "Stephen Foster Fest". Note that the instrument, while resembling half a log with strings on it, sounds like a banjo. Karen said that she messed up a lot, but we couldn't tell even with our critical Koto listening skills that we'd just developed. As it was her final lesson, she surrendered the instrument, thank goodness, so we didn't have to carry ...