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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 ...
... Kinda wish they had that here.)
Once we finished up at China Town, we went out to the port at Yokohama and saw all the ships and everything docked there. Most interesting was a historical boat, that used to transport many Japanese immigrants to various places in South America after World War II, when people wanted to get away in hopes of a better future.
The rest of the afternoon was spent doing some ...
... 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 ...
... taiko drummers perform and then talking and meeting with other girls around my age. I loved listening to their questions, but my favorite, by far, had to be this:
After much prompting from two high school girls' former English teacher to ask a question the result was:
"Do you...like...Johnny Depp?"
Cue facepalm from the teacher (a Canadian of Japanese descent) and a round of laughter from me! (And the answer was yes, naturally.)
I had a great time at the ...