Resort Hotel Shima Saichoraku
Travel Blogs from Shima
... 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
... Festival food in Japan is mostly of the deep fried or covered in chocolate variety. Lots of various meat/fish/bird on a stick, Okonomiyaki, yakisoba, things of that nature; plus the desserts: Japanese snowcones, cake ball-like things, waffle wedges on a stick with frosting and chocolate, etc. The oddity though was a fresh cucumber on a stick. What was especially strange to me (at least until I tried it at another festival) was how popular it was. Sou and Kei really wanted to eat ...
... 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 ...
... duets that included what I termed as a "Stephen Foster Fest". Note that the instrument, while resembling half a log with strings on it, sounds like a banjo. Karen said that she messed up a lot, but we couldn't tell even with our critical Koto listening skills that we'd just developed. As it was her final lesson, she surrendered the instrument, thank goodness, so we didn't have to carry ...
... physiology past middle age, but somehow lack of employment and responsibility translate into superhuman mountain climbing ability. In my last trip, I suffered the indignity--repeatedly--of being surpassed by quite fragile looking elderly climbers. This time I hoped for a different outcome. Like science, I was denied.
Admittedly, I’m not in great shape, but it was rather disconcerting to be huffing and puffing while ...
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