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... It depicts the life of how Mikimoto started the pearl business. Unfortunately, due to the shortage of time, I could not finish the exhibition. He had started out by selling vegetables and saw the potential of selling pearls to the Chinese for traditional medication.
We caught a bus at 1pm to the real Ama women exhibition. They provided us with a sample of freshly grilled seafood - fish, oysters and snails. I gave the oysters and snail ...
... br> very hard. At least it enabled us to test all our waterproof gear for the rest
of the trip!
After lunch, we went back to Toba to visit the Mikimoto Pearl Museum. We
didn’t learn anything new compared to what we saw in French Polynesia during
our honeymoon but the museum had quite a few examples of pearls and creations
made during Mikimoto’s history (very famous brand in Japan and all over the
When we left, first we did a small tour of the local high school's fishing boat. But since Kaeko-san (my host mother) felt sea sick afterwards she and my two host brothers went back to Toshimi-san's so that she could rest. During this time Taisuke-san and I went to his marine research lab.
Right now Taisuke-san is primarily researching artificial pearl formation, but the most famous research that the institute is working on right now is perfecting the ...
We travelled with Sam and Shoma to Shinojima and Himakajima. These are both Islands off the Chita Peninsula south of Nagoya. The islands are apparently famous for their fugu (the famous puffer fish which could kill you if it's not prepared the correct ...
Karen came to the hotel and brought us breakfast. We, then headed back to her apartment to collect her Koto and go to her last Koto lesson. Talk about dedication. We traveled quite a way by train (past Fushimi) and then walked a good distance with this 6 foot long tree trunk. We got to met her Koto sensei and her sensei's husband (who Karen said she'd never seen before!). They treated us ...