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Hiroshima

Hiroshima is an important stop for me on our journey through Japan. In fact, every traveller to Japan should stop here and experience the Peace Memorial Park was created to remind people about the atomic bomb that was detonated over … Continue reading

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Off the Tourist Track

Today we spend most of the day driving from the middle of Shikoku Island to the city of Matsuyama on the west coast. We get off the tourist track by following less traveled routes. The roads are winding and sometimes … Continue reading

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The Iya Valley

Today we start our drive across Shikoku Island. We leave Tokushima about 10:00 and slowly make our way into the forest and up in elevation. As we climb, the road gets curvy and the mist gets thicker. The vegetation is … Continue reading

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Indigo Dyeing

Our first stop today is the Aizumicho Historical Museum, the former residence of a very wealthy indigo merchant. Inside the museum we learn how awa indigo was cultivated, processed, sold and used in dyeing. The indigo was grown in rows, … Continue reading

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Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge

We stay at Guesthouse Geragera in Kobe the night of the typhoon. We have a great view of the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge. R and I are, of course, fascinated with it. Here is a day in the life of the bridge. … Continue reading

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Super Kabuki Super Typhoon

I woke up excited today. Today is the day we are attending a Kabuki theatre production.  Months ago, while searching for “things to do” in Tokyo, I stumbled across a website showing Kabuki productions playing and there was one during … Continue reading

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Unusual Critters

The other day, I mentioned in the post that I hoped to see unusual critters when we dive in Lembeh. Right now I am stunned by how many weird, creepy, surprising and unknown creatures we saw on our first two … Continue reading

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Bunaken’s Froggies

72 steps. It’s a 72 step climb from the main path up to our little abode called “Gobi” at Froggies Dive Resort on Bunaken Island. We are both breathing hard at the top, but we do not dawdle up, we … Continue reading

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Live aboard Scuba Diving

If you have ever wanted to go diving on a liveaboard, do it. Being on one allows a diver to explore dive sites that cannot be reached from shore. Depending on the liveaboard, the service, accommodation and food are excellent. … Continue reading

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Mandarin Fish

One of the prime sights in this part of the underwater world are mandarin fish. They are brightly coloured, about two inches long and only appear at dusk. We enter the water as it starts to get dark to go … Continue reading

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