Trip Start May 10, 2007
Trip End Jun 14, 2007

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Sunday, June 3, 2007

Today we went back to Kamakura where there is a series of old lochs from the time Kamakura was the capital city. The lochs failed and there were many ships from China that smashed into the shore. This was fun to explore at low tide. You can pick up shards of porcelain that are about 775 years old. We went tide pooling with Hiro's friend who runs a non-profit teaching children about the ocean and its ecosystem. Hiro wanted to catch an octopus and when I saw a pretty big one he came barreling over the rocks. He picked this thing up with his bare hands. It was HUGE. He then spotted a smaller one and grabbed it and we tracked a poisonous fish and managed to net it. I spotted a jellyfish and he was scooped up as well. All and all we had a pretty good catch. The locals were excited that an American was in their group and I got a big round of applause for simply being from D.C. and showing up. Hiro was sad when we had to set the octopus free. He really wanted to eat it for dinner. Really.
After this I was treated to a very elaborate Shojin Ryori meal. It's called "monk food" but it is a far cry from the congee I ate at the monastery in Burma. I had no idea tofu and sea vegetable can be used in so many ways. It was divine to look at! Some things were a bit odd, but for the most part I was feeling pretty Zen.
That night we picked up Hiro's mom (who lives behind the Fuji Super) for dinner, we had Sukiyaki. I stuck with the chicken, but there was horse and whale on the menu (Mom, I think I know where your California Delta disappeared to now). We went back to Hiro's mom's place and she showed me all the family photos. She is very proud of her children, but most proud of her husband. It's hard to see someone miss someone so much after over 7 years, but she does. Her gardens were amazing! The most beautiful hydrangea I have ever seen (and I've seen a lot on this trip). It was a great day. I love this family and I love how much they have made me feel at home.
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