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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 ...
... pearl lovers). We could also see a demonstration from the women
divers called “ana” in Japanese. There are still a few working pretty much in
the same conditions (no real equipment and diving in water of 10 degrees or
less) although overall the techniques have been modernised quite a lot from
Mikimito’s first creation of a cultivated pearl.
The following day, the sun was back (no doubt to celebrate ...
... believed it.
The entrance to the shrine is a huge bridge crossing a beautiful river with large torii gates on either side. The river was so clear that it was possible to see the bottom very clearly from the bridge. The land surrounding the river was very reminiscent of the landscape in Miyazaki's Princess Mononoke. After the bridge we walked in a traditional Japanese garden and then washed our hands in the river (this was instead of purifying them at a wash ...
... octopus. The towns were made up of typical Japanese prefab buildings with narrow walk ways. We hired bikes in Shinojima and circumnavigated the island, which involved some fun off-road time. We had lunch in a small Japanese pub with some locally caught ...
... rain and it did! Rain is good and good things come from rain. Those silly Shintos!
After, we ate in a little traditional Japanese restaurant. I mistakenly ordered a curry dish. It wasn't the good curry (think Lipton's Chicken Noodle soup) so Heidi ate my dish and I ate hers. I embarrassed Karen by mixing the noodles with the rice. I embarrassed myself by giving myself a ...