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Friday morning, Mr. Sasaki, his wife, Kiko, and I all went to Asakusa, the big temple in Tokyo lined by numerous shops of souvenirs, et cetera. I found this a great time to get some items for back home, and, best of all, I bought a kendo sword! I couldn't actually get a real steel one, due to sword laws in Japan, but I did get ...
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 ...
... more familiar with as I get older and deal with work meetings.
Mr. Sasaki, Kiko, and I went to a former elementary school, the oldest building in Tome (circa 1888) and Mr. Sasaki's elementary school. Then we headed down to the river for a nice view, and then on to a Dutch windmill, brought as a gift by Dutch visitors. More for show, the windmill wasn't actually a working one, but it could be turned on for fun when guests were visiting.
The afternoon was spent in ...
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