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Today we said goodbye to our lovely hosts on Yakushima and Made our way back to the ferry port dropping off our little car on the way. The sea was a little choppy on the way back and we could see from the weather report that the temperature had dropped on the mainland in our absence. We took a taxi to the station on arrival and boarded a train to Fukuoka. Back on the shinkansen we were again treated ...
... to it all. Quite reminiscent of Shanghai in the 1930's.
There was also an interesting exhibit about the Hakata Gion Yamakasa, which is a local festival in this area. It's origins are based on festivals that used to occur in earlier days to pray against diseases, especially in the face of the hot, steamy summers. The Yamakasa (float) used to be part of a quiet festival with the huge structures paraded through the various districts, but sometime in ...
... which was established around 1300 years ago and which ruled all of Kyushu for some 500 years.
One of the main attractions is the Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine, dedicated to Sugawara Michizane, the God of learning and it is apparently very popular with those praying for academic success. The shrine was constructed in 1591 and is surrounded by lots of beautiful trees, including many plum trees.
On the way to the temple, ...
Our little jolly around the city, took us 9 hours, only punctuated by a few coffee stops, the odd temple and a little shopping. As with most asian cities, there is always a huge difference between day and night. The streets during the daytime are filled with pretty girls shopping in huge department malls, and an array of different coffee shops and fast food places.
However, at about ...
... tarmac before the pilot changed his mind and hit the gas hard to take us up and away from the airport. We were informed over the tannoy in broken english something about the pilot and wind, I guess we will never know what his drama was.
Anyway, after 30 minutes of circling with a very nervous K, we landed on a different runway relieved to be on Japanese terra firma. That was the last flight ...