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... can get at home.
From Takasaki, we went back in time and caught at steam engine/diesel engine train to Yokokawa. The front end was diesel and the back end was the steam engine, sort of a "pull me, push you". This was reversed on the way back. The carriages were rustic and certainly drew a lot of attention. This section took 58 minutes. The tinkle lady came around and we had some apple ice cream, although Lynne preferred the vanilla one.
... than our Japanese!--and have expressed deep emotions. We have seen people cry when they pray, men unable to go on for several minutes as they consider what God has done for them. They have sung songs of welcome and good-bye to us. They have clapped when we arrive and waved with both hands as we leave. They have taken whole weekends to be with us in many meetings, meals, and then time off work to take us sightseeing. Women whose names I never knew ...
... the ski races for the 1998 Nagano oylmpics occurred. We ended up on a beautiful hike through forests in the mountains. Since both my father and I are lets say "a wee bit" competitive, neither one of us would ever admit if we were tired so we rarely took brakes and did an extra hike at the end. At the end of the hike, we ended up at a deserted hotel, starving, only to learn that the restaurant was not open. There were remnants of ...
... and family.
After returning to the hostel stocked up with liquor, we got settled into our room. Like Matsumoto, the floor was covered in Tatami mats in the traditional Japanese style. The futons were not as comfortable as our last stay but at least we had a private room. Alistair and I went downstairs to get our relax on where we talked with another hostel staff member Hikari. I noticed three Kendama (traditional ball and ...
... variations there are. These kids made it look like it should be an Olympic sport.
We toured the various clubs and tried some more Kandama, also made origami butterfly.
I learned today that Nagano City has 50 ES, 25 MS, 10 HS, 1 university.
After school I mailed 3 postcards (it cost $2.10 US to mail all 3) and I was gifted 2 tubes of this awesome anti-bug itch cream. Its like a miracle cream.