Travel Blogs from Kirishima
... I asked if I'm in the right car and a tour of the trains facilities follows, giving any fare dodges a fighting chance but I'm not that cynical. Much. The hostel has put up a sign saying "typhoo approaches" this offers me no guidance or help. The hostel man offers nothing in the way of help so I take that as "it won't be that bad" despite continuous news footage and the slight panic of other foreigners. I meet some Spanish people and make a plan for tomorrow. Which is a ...
... chewy udons. His favorite! This trip definitely is a nice preview of his Japan study trip when he graduates from Middle School in 3 years. He has genuine interests and a knack with foreign language, always cracks me up!
We had to take a short hike after dinner, just to digest a bit of the sumptuous lunch! The "creek" nearby has become a stream with torrents of muddy water.
Afternoon we had 3 hours free shopping trip at a local mall. ...
... that died ( of course a kamikaze pilot dies) about 12 were of Korean origin.
I guess therefore that Japan achieved its aim. No country in SE Asia is a colony of those countries anymore. Would this have been the situation if there had been no WWII?
And then it was time for my last rail pass ride - to Nagasaki.
I spoke to the weather god and he stopped the rain. Its back to 30+ and high humidity but sunshine. ( I'm keeping my distance from the rice farmers ...
... at the volcano in the bay. The evening was nice. I tried out a Sushi restaurant and spent the meal talking to a friendly old Japanese gentleman in his broken English - far better than my non existent Japanese - while his wife looked on as we drank more beer than was probably good for him. And now I'm back at the hostel about to call it a night but first trying Mitake, which is a brand of Sweet Potato ...
... of Bridge Director issues when we return home.
Also, son, Neal, emailed us a copy of the front page of the local mountain newspaper, the “Progressive.” We are on the front page in color in the “Where Are They” feature. The caption reads, “Phil and Carol Parish of Lake Almanor in front of Big Buddha in Koh Samui, Thailand.” (I wonder what the little people are doing today.)
Despite some minor problems, this was a first-rate trip.
- Free parking