After all the chaos from the Balls was over and done with, Jeremy and I escaped the base and traveled south to Fukuoka. Ever since we arrived in Iwakuni, I had wanted to go see the German Christmas Markets in Fukuoka but never had the chance to see it the previous Christmases. There are two Christmas Markets in Fukuoka, one at Hakata Station and one at Tenjin Station. Since the one at Hakata Station was bigger we decided to go to that one. Jeremy and I like to travel cheap so we took the back roads from Iwakuni to Fukuoka and it took 8 hours to get to Fukuoka. Had we taken the Sanyo Expressway, it would have only taken 3.5 hours but it would have cost us $60 one way. The drive was nice though and we only got stuck in traffic once.
One of the festivals I wanted to check out while Mom was in town was the Azalea Festival in Hofu City. Back home in North Carolina, Wilmington has an Azalea Festival as well. I thought it would be cool to see how Japan does their azalea festival. I didn't know if it would a street festival like we had been before or more of a quieter affair like the wisteria tunnels.
Last year I mentioned briefly that my mom came out to visit us for a couple weeks. I know I had taken a break from blogging while she was here because I wanted to focus on spending time with her. Believe it or not but blogging takes up a lot of time. It isn't all… Continue reading Going Back Into The Past
As mentioned in my previous post Mom, Magan and I went to Asheville for a few days. It was a family vacation so we could be together for the anniversary of Dad's death. It was nice to have a few days to get away with them, especially my sister. Even though I was home visiting for 3 weeks, I really didn't get to see my sister that much because she has a busy work schedule.
Jeremy and I were heading to Kyoto the day after the big earthquake with our friends, Stephanie and Anthony. We were all excited to explore a new part of Japan. My main reason of going was to see Geisha and some of the temples in Kyoto. We were only going to spend the night in Kyoto and come back the next day, so we had a lot to squeeze in a short amount of time.
While driving out to the Mara Kannon Shrine, Jeremy and I passed signs for the Tawarayama Onsen. An onsen is a hot water mineral spring bath. Visiting an onsen has been on my Japanese Bucket for a while but I was also nervous about visiting one. Jeremy and I decided that today would be a good day to try it out.