Friday, August 18, 2006
The Matsue Castle is one of the remaining military castles. For a few dollars you can get a 45 min boat ride around the moat. Yes, you have to take your shoes off for that too.
The ceremonial drums were very large and a very low frequency. The kid enjoyed playing them.
We toured a light house in Matsue. It was very similar to those we've seen in the U.S. We had to take our shoes off before we toured it. That doesn't happen in the U.S.
Nate and Karie doing a little rock climbing.
Lauren and Hailey exploring the cave areas.
Enjoying the beautiful view of the land scape from a top of the lighthouse.
Nathan is ready to go work in the rice feild
Look at those rows of teeth
We spent four days camping with the Cornels. The next few posts are all from that trip. I can’t wait to do some more camping this fall.
Camping in Japan is very similar to back home. It felt great to get out of the city for a while. It is a bit more expensive, like most things in Japan.
The kids called this 5 seat swing “The Lava Maker”??? Not sure why.
Check out the wind farm. These things were all over the coast.
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Monday, August 07, 2006
Today was the Peace Festival in Hiroshima. It was the 61st anniversary of the bombing. It is amazing how accepting the people are of our attendance. I think they are actually glad we are there to witness it. The goal here is not to blame but to remember and make sure it doesn’t happen again.
The A Bomb dome was surrounded by wax lanterns.
We made our lantern and sent it up the river with the thousands of others. The tide was coming in so the river actually flows backwards.
This local Japanese lady was very happy to talk to us with her grand daughter (We really have to learn more Japanese).