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... hiked up the mountain, having matcha and mochi halfway up, before veering round to the side and following the mud path rather than the stone steps through the woods - had lunch at a cafe on the top of Mt Haguro - visited the Dewa-sanzan Historical Museum, admired the Great Bell, Kagami-ike (pond), the tomb of Prince Hachiko and the main temple Sanjin-Gohsaiden - got a blessing and had the evil wafted off us in one of ...
WE DID: - took a bus and 3 trains to get from Zao Onsen to Tsuruoka - pottered around Tsuruoka Koen (park) - stumbled across a French/Italian/Spanish bar/restaurant by our hotel and enjoyed some carafes of wine with tapas WE LOVED: - having a very chilled evening ready for our hike ...
... It tasted weird. When i got miso soup, I drank it, and started to dig around to see if there was anything else in there, and a shrimp eye stared at me. I got a little freaked out and calmly put down the bowl and ate something else.
I was then dressed in a kimono and my hair was done. I then did a "photo shoot" and posed in front of flowers. After, I gave the family my gifts and the mom helped me pack. My bag is full. Nothing else will fit.
... so I think they thought the soup was bad.
When we cleaned up, all the kids brushed their teeth and we all took a picture. It was cute. We gave them their gifts, and we were surprised because they don't have Smarties in Japan!
We then went downstairs and played some sort of soccer. ⚽️Everyone sorta just kicked the ball and started playing when they wanted to. There were 3 balls going at once.
When we left, we ...
... ducked when they flew too low.
We then went to the old government building. It was huge and the steps were twice as big as the normal ones. Carlene and I found a hollow board and made up a whole bunch of conspiracies. We then went to an old house and looked around. It was really nice, but there was a little wear and tear. It wasn't too bad though. We also went into another part where there were boats and fishing supplies. It was cool to see the ...