Just before Christmas, Jeremy and I on an ITT trip to Bihuko Park to see their Illumination display. It was supposed to be much larger than the one that is in Hiroshima that we usually go to. We met the buses at the library on base for the ride down there. We were surprised to see snow during the three-hour drive.
While Mom was here, the three of us went on our biggest trip yet. We decided to go check out Osaka and Kyoto. Osaka has a huge aquarium with whale sharks and Kyoto has been as much of a dream for Mom to visit as it was mine. We used ITT to plan the trip and to make all the travel arrangements. They really made it easy to plan such a trip.
Last week I had to run all over base to finish some errands. It started off meeting with Jessica about figuring out how to better work my camera and getting feed back on my pictures. The meeting went surprisingly fast so I headed to the post office to check the mail. Jeremy and I were… Continue reading Is This An Evacuation Drill Or Real?
I will be the first to admit it. Since I stopped teaching in December, I haven't really dived into exploring Japan as much as I use to. Yes, I haven't exactly been hiding out in my apartment but I have been staying in my comfort zones by only going to the stores I know and the parts of Hiroshima I have been to repeatedly if I left Iwakuni. With my mom coming in the next month or so and hopefully getting a new camera this week I am getting the itch to start exploring again.
The ITT tourguide explained that the festival we were about to see was started over 200 years ago. The Tobata region had suffered an epidemic in the early 1800's. The people in the area prayed for the epidemic to be lifted from their lands with this ritual. Since this worked they continued to hold it every year to keep the epidemic from coming back.