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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 ...
Thursday started off with many hugs and goodbyes to the host family and all the new friends in Tome. I was sad to part from them, but I was also a bit excited to be going home soon. It's always a strange feeling on trips, isn't it? You want to stay forever, but you also can't wait to get home.
Overall, Thursday was a fairly relaxed day. After a fair amount of travel from Tome to Tokyo, we met up with Mr. Sasaki's daughter ...
... for his noisy and brash way of demanding more treats.
Once arriving at Shiogama, after one last admiring look at the stunning islands behind us, we ate lunch at an Italian (yay, normal food!) restaurant and set off for some more temples. These I found especially interesting because of all the emphasis on the twelve Zodiac animals seen around in various statues and carvings.
... 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 ...
Had a bit of a rude awakening this Monday morning. My first earthquake? Kind of fun. Waking up at four o'clock in the morning to another huge earthquake? Not so much.
The day (officially) started out quite formally, with another ceremony by the Japanese. I hadn't realized they were so fond of formal occasions, and the morning meeting with the mayor, the superintendant, the council member and the vice was certainly that. It was an interesting experience, and something I'll ...
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1-2-3 Minato-machi, Kamaishi | Hotelfrom $185