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Friday morning, Mr. Sasaki, his wife, Kiko, and I all went to Asakusa, the big temple in Tokyo lined by numerous shops of souvenirs, et cetera. I found this a great time to get some items for back home, and, best of all, I bought a kendo sword! I couldn't actually get a real steel one, due to sword laws in Japan, but I did get ...
Thursday started off with many hugs and goodbyes to the host family and all the new friends in Tome. I was sad to part from them, but I was also a bit excited to be going home soon. It's always a strange feeling on trips, isn't it? You want to stay forever, but you also can't wait to get home.
Overall, Thursday was a fairly relaxed day. After a fair amount of travel from Tome to Tokyo, we met up with Mr. Sasaki's daughter ...
... wrapped up and I was taken home to the Obas who, as a treat, took me out to dinner at a restaurant called Coco's, for some good ol' American food...Japanese style! I had a lot of fun there, and it was kind of interesting, spotting the differences in food they offered there as opposed to here in America.
I spent a great last evening with them and prepared to head out to Tokyo the next ...
... that happening to one of us. Unfortunately, the earthquake simulator was broken, but I wasn't too disappointed.
After eating lunch at a local farmer's market, we went to a town on the coast to view tsunami damage. That wasn't part of the original plan, but I was adamant about seeing it.
The town of Ishinomaki was gone. Debris littered the ground, wood tossed and broken, piles of rubble and ...
... lesson, which I had a lot of fun with! I learned to write out the characters for 'cool breeze', and learned some history about the kanji of Japan and its descent from China as well. My calligraphy wasn't so neat, but it was fun to learn! Then, the sensei took us around his temple and gave Kiko and me a wooden charm, to write out a wish on for the future.
That evening, we had the potluck party, filled with many citizens from Tome. I had a good time, watching a group of ...
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