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Blazing sunshine and
warm breezes made the walk to the train station pleasant. We’d decided to head to Kobe in spite of the fact that it is not
particularly a tourist Mecca. The train ride was
shorter today. Kobe trains were also nowhere near as crowded as
are most of the trains into and out of Osaka. It
was a welcomed relief to have a comfortable seat to share. Kobe is a ...
... of songs about as thick as a phone book!
On Wednesday, we went got to participate in a tea ceremony, which was pretty fun because I'm a sucker for anything Japanese and traditional. Then we all got to try out playing Japanese instruments. I got the hang of shamisen quickly since it's pretty much just an upright three-stringed violin that's played like a guitar.
Today was our long day ...
... and onto the correct train to Iwaya but this is where the plan began to unravel – the train we got on was an express (damn it) and went way past the Iwaya train station but hey, that was ok, we would get off at the first station the train stopped at which was Mikage station and go back to Iwaya as we saw the station as we sped past it – no big deal – this is where the wheels fell off and went careering down the hill!!!
We got off at Mikage ...
... quake in world history, the largest in Japan for 140 years, it has moved the main island 2.4 metres, and the earth off its axis by 10cm. I missed this by 10 days and could have been in the middle, although Tokyo and all the places I visited are in the south and should be in the ...
... finally a second bus got us to kinkakuji golden temple,there were lots of tourists and school groups ,their uniforms were like the black parade (as in My Chemical Romance). Mark threw coins at a pot but couldn't get them in so no luck for us.
We got free green tea and yatsuhashi (sweet Bean). We walked through the street to the next attraction,Tim taught mark rude Japanese sayings. Tim saw a sushi place called kurazushi and asked if we wanted to try ,I said I would but ...