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... with three
children ages 8, 4 and 1 ½. Needless to say she has a pretty busy life. Well we
have been in touch with her since arriving in Japan and she happens to live just
outside of Takamatsu in a small seaside town. She arranged to meet us at the
train station with her children and invited us to stay with her family. It was
great to see her after 18 years. Turns out she had been teaching English to
... we bought last night and topped off the toast - we knew it would come in handy!
We are speeding along on the super express Shinkansen to Okayama and just passing through Osaka which is huge, spread out to the hills in the distance. We change trains at Okayama going to Chayamachi, then a local train to Uno and ...
Today we had to leave Kyoto. It's a bit sad, every time we leave a place to go further south, I realize it might be the last time I have spent time here. We are still in Japan of course, but every place here has its own charm, so that it really feels we leave something unique behind every time. But that's life I guess, partir c'est mourir un peu! Today we headed for an unusual destination, Naoshima. It's an island directly off the coast of Honshu ...
Good bye Osaka. We are off to see the White Egret as Himeji Castle is also known. We are very lucky as the 6 year long restoration costing 2.4 billion yen was completed March 2015. The castle is 52 m heigh with 6 floors above and one basement. It is a national treasure and rightly so. There are 8 buildings in the complex and a photo around every corner. From Himeji we made our way ...
... around the theatre to get all the photos we wanted.
After we'd thoroughly explored the theatre we rejoined the masses making the pilgrimage up to the temple on Konpira-san. The climb itself was relatively easy, with even steps, lots of shade and interesting things to look at whilst we stopped to catch our breath, but the heat made it difficult.
Once again determined not to be put to shame by the children, ...