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Travel Blogs from Setouchi
... tea in a small tea house on Nakajima-no-shima Island that is a tiny island within a larger pond in the gardens. The hostess only takes 6 at a time at a cost of 800 yen each, which is expensive for a cup of tea, but you pay for the privilege of the experience. We were lucky as I met a young Japanese man and his girlfriend at the footbridge entry and he said "you have to try it, worth the 800 yen". We got his vacant spot. The hostess then closes the ...
... flatter land is densely populated. The cities look very ordinary from the train with mostly 60's style stalag apartment blocks that appeared in the economic boom after World War 2. Some cities were obliterated by American bombing so lost their historical buildings and of course many civilians also died.
Mind you the development seems to be creeping up the hills, and big high rises sitting on hills on the ...
... br> today. It was fun to spend the time with Maiko and her family. They were so
gracious. Miku their oldest daughter (8 years old) did her very best to try to
communicate in English – I think if she were to spend a month in Canada she
would be speaking English in no time! Kokota (4) would talk away in Japanese
not quite understanding why we wouldn’t answer back! They both fell fast asleep
in the car ride back to ...
... minute ferry ride from there to Naoshima Island.
After our superfast train to Okayama, our train to Chayamachi was a complete contrast. The train name on the board was "one man" and it was literally one man and one carriage. He not only drove the train, he took the fares and blew his own whistle.
... shared a bed for a couple of weeks. We decided to make the most of the expensive hotel, and had a nice evening in.
We didn't leave the following day either. On Saturday 10th, we hung out in the hotel. The furthest we went was the Lawsons convenience shop on the ground floor for snacks and wine. We had a lovely day in, and because we were in, we managed to catch a surprisingly large number of people on Skype! Starting with the wonderful ...