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We had an early breakfast with Lynne and John before meeting up with the rest of the group at Shinagwa station at 8.45am. We caught the local train to Tokyo Station and then the shinkansen to Omiya Station 23 minutes away. At the station, we caught a shuttle to the museum. The shuttle runs on rubber wheels. The nearby residents were complaining that the noise from the soon to be train would be too loud and that the town would be ...
... rest of the boar was later smoked and put into a cardboard box along with the other smoked things (whole fishes and squids).
We lived at the barn which included a wood stove for heat (not for the second story bedrooms though), a lot of raw meat laying around, a french guy, and one 20kg bag of rice that fed some of us three meals a day.
We met Hiroshi, Toshika's husband, one of the daughters, and the barn cat. Toshika explained that ...
... with our lovely 1 hr time difference). I still can't believe how well we all get along. They feel like family now.
Training was intense/ boring/ interesting/ looooong but we got through it. The first weekend we had the sunday to explore so Steve, Geoff and I went to Shinjuku to look around. It's such a cool city, there was this bamboo filled alleyway with trees and greenery just a street away from the main street. The trees blocked out the city noise so it ...
... was this speed/reaction based card game which was quite fun (also the reason the blog is going up a bit late - expect it to happen again :p)
Apparently the prefecture north of us had a metre of snow today and lots of cars got trapped, but it was actually quite warm here/Mito. I STILL LIVE IN HOPE!
Meeting the mayor tomorrow and doing a tea ceremony as well. Will report back tomorrow. :)
Today we had a free day before Bernd's J-PARC shifts and before the late-season typhoon hits that’s bearing down on us … heavy rain in store the next 2-3 days. It has cooled off a lot, was cloudy, and there was a brisk wind, but it was still nice to get out and get some fresh air. We rode our bikes to other parts of town we hadn’t explored yet. We have a nice map ...