Ten Million Dollar View

Trip Start Mar 11, 2010
Trip End Mar 24, 2010

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Rowajiru Hotel Nagasaki

Flag of Japan  , Kyushu-Okinawa,
Thursday, March 18, 2010

Visited: Daizafu (en route) including the Tenmangu Shrine dedicated to scholar Suguwara No Michizane, god of learning; Mount Inasa;

Ohio! I have no idea if that is the correct way to spell good morning in Japanese, but I do know that this is the way it sounds. I've wrestled the keyboard away from The Crave (he likes us to use capitalised articles as honorifics) to be today's guest blogger. After last evening's recollections of sulphur and soapsuds – we left Fukuoka and headed down the highway to Dazaifu, home to a revered 9-th century scholar, Suguwara No Michizane. Between the you will be a success in your exams headbands and soaking up the Zen atmosphere and scholarly vibes of Dazaifu, all the Anderson kids should be set for honour roll this June. Though it rained like the Dickens (subtle English teacher allusion), the students were real troopers and listened respectively and attentively and with delight to our really old guides (their words, not mine) who were really, really cute! One guide led us through a 3 minute meditation. If I read the crowd correctly, everyone would have liked it to go further and last longer. Remarkable, really. We marvelled at an ancient (over 1000 years old) camphor tree, listened to our guide sing a beautifully poetic poem about Spring, rubbed a bronzed oxen's horns and head, and watched as groups of Korean schoolgirls giggled and giggled about....we're not sure. (Mr. Craven's observation -teenage girls are pretty much the same the world over.)

After thanking our guides, who were, by the way, completely overwhelmed by our small token of appreciation, Trillium and Ontario flag pins, we all headed off for lunch. The kids are getting the hang of the street meat and vegetable selections, not to mention the notion of ice cream for lunch. They continued to contribute to the Japanese economy with well chosen gifts for those at home, and then we all boarded 5000 bus and made our way to check in at our hotel in Nagasaki. Before we sorted rooms and dinner hour; however, we took another ropeway, this time to Mount Inasa, nicknamed “Ten Million Dollar Night View”. (The summit, 1092 feet above sea level, only served to underscore the beauty of this incredibly stunning ocean side city. I don't know if everyone one remembers this, but Nagasaki was initially not a target for the American bombers. The first target was Kokura; however, due to cloud cover and low fuel, the second choice, Nagasaki was implemented. It is heartbreaking to look over such a stunning vista and think of the destruction over 60 years ago. I imagine the students will be as moved and saddened by tomorrow's visit to the Atomic Bomb museum as they were by Hiroshima.)

Once we made our descent, we supped at the hotel and the students did their level best to devour as much fried chicken as was available. Now, if they'd only get as excited about broccoli. Tomorrow, we're off to a guided tour of the Atomic Bomb museum and conveyor belt sushi for lunch. Ms. Piersma is really looking forward to the latter. She just can't seem to get enough of Japan's seafood. In the coming days, I hope to brief you about my group – the Nana Joze! Though The Crave thinks his Sempai are stellar, and Ms. Piersma is under some delusion that The Skittles rule, I'll support my thesis that it is THE NANA JOZE that are really running the show. (I mean, have you seen the shots of Ruzbeh??????) Until then, I leave you, not as The Crave, but Putnamsan.

PS: Happy Birthday to my daughter Adelaide on her 21st birthday. It seems like a long time ago that our raven haired and long legged beauty, born the night of an ice storm, welcomed us to her world. Love you to infinity and beyond, Adelaide.

(Crave here! This goes out to Morgaine and Grant ... I saw a camphor tree today. 1500 years old. So, I guess I've met the spirit of the forest.)
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mom on

Hi Doug. Thanks for the travel news. Ok here. Straffordville tomorrow.

crave on

I hope Grandma gets a copy of the Travel Blog. Tell her I love her.

mini crave on


Medium Crave on

Its "camphor" Grant, but i was thinking the exact same quote :P
Did you run around it and do cartwheels?
You better have taken lots and lots of pictures XD

crave on

Watching out for Soot Sprites.

papajohn83 on

I thought I was dreaming, or was I ? I thought that I was away for a few days
in Cambridge and St.Jacobs ,Ontario.
In reality I showed up in Japan, with Ms.P. I have a picture to prove and I can swear by the temple behind us that this is true.
Nothing can stop me now to go beyond Avatar and go interplanetary in a time machine and think that I am home at the same time.
Thanks for the possibilities created for me by you in Japan.
May you be able to perform many more miracles during your travels.

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