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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 ...
... 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 ...
... 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 ...
... meat? dumpling, a weird chicken sandwich, a couple of beers and (fingers crossed) chocolate doughnuts for breakfast.
We asked the desk for an increase in the heat, so they pulled out a space heater. One of the desk clerks came up to our room and showed us how to turn on the heat - no thermostat, just four switches (labeled in Japanese on the in-wall alarm clock console). Ah, ...