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... to drive. A lot of my friends prefer to drive, but I think I am learning that it’s my interactions on Japan’s public transportation that are allowing me to feel much more comfortable in my host country. Granted, I think my adorable, blond son plays a large role in the kindness we receive, However, I had the most enjoyable conversation with two young boys on the way back from Tokyo the other day. They peppered me with questions and amazed me with their ...
... consisting of a number of small varied dishes. And varied they are. At one point Mary's cousin exclaims "well, I think there is something edible in there." There are beautiful pieces of sashimi, plenty of rice, pickled vegetables, miso soup, white wallpaper paste and something that looked like a cross between a chestnut and a mushroom. Some fish jelly thing. And other things I can not even identify. I'm a fairly adventurous eater, but ...
... From there we had to transfer onto two local trains before reaching our destination stop. Our tour package had a very rough map as to the location of our accommodation so we walked in that direction until we found it. We were way too early to check in so we headed back out to explore. The Hakone area is a park famous for its views of Mount Fuji. We got back to the main train station then hopped on a bus that too us to Lake Ashi and the small town of Motohakone-ko. ...
... girls go to the shrine to receive a blessing and then boys go again at age 5 and girls at age 7. They were rather cute! From there we went on to the Japanese art gallery which had magnificent views of Lake Ashi and Mt Fuji. Next step was the trip across the lake in a pirate ship - Jonny Depp could have been on board. From there it was back down to our accommodation. This is quite an experience. It's a large hotel and shoes are removed at the front door and put into lockers. Many ...
... puzzle pieces. Down a path lined with immense cypress trees was the shrine of Taiyuin-byo, guarded by fearsome demons at the gate and displaying an intricate and beautiful ceiling painted with hundreds of dragons.
After lunch we headed farther up the hill to Futarasan-jinja, a Shinto shrine and Nikko’s oldest. It’s a smaller place, but has some of the biggest trees we’ve seen in a long time! Last on the list was the ...