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... if these are edible as it seems to be such a waste if they are discarded once the pearl is removed.
We didn't have much time at the museum as the Ama women demonstration was about to begin. The women are dressed in the traditional garb and had only a diving mask. They are basically free divers. In the demonstration, they did not go as deep as they would normally.
After the demonstration, I went to the Koichi Mikimoto ...
birthday!) and it was time for us to head to Kyoto. Despite our experience of
Japan, we made a beginners’ error of not boarding the right train initially,
getting confused between all the different types of train services (rapid,
super-rapid, etc). At least we were going in the right direction and we met a
very nice Japanese man on the way who was even offering to pay the ticket price
difference for us, incredible!
... got to since it never takes much arm twisting to get a fresh cucumber out of your parents.
Kei and Sou also took part in a type of parade kuji. In this case, that was a chance game, where you draw a number randomly and get a toy according to that number. Kei won something that is a noise maker of some sort. It looks like a balloon on a stick. Sou had better luck and won a cheap archery set that broke within the week. Exactly the same as if would have been at an American ...
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 ...