Trains and Taxis North

Trip Start Apr 10, 2012
Trip End Apr 25, 2012

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Flag of Japan  , Tohoku,
Tuesday, April 17, 2012

I was so glad we decided to stay a second day in Hiroshima.  It's a beautiful, livable city.  Miyajima Island struck me as just a romantic place --  beautiful views, wide promenades along the water, constant interactions with wildlife, and memorable temples and shrines.  The island is actually considered to be divine.  No births or deaths are allowed.  Expectant women and terminal patients must leave for the mainland.

We left Hiroshima about 10:00 am and made our way to Brent's town by way of two bullet trains, a local train, and two taxis.  The route:  Hiroshima - Osaka - Tokyo - Aizuwakamatsu.

I worked on postcards while Susan wrote in her journal.  She had been keeping bulleted lists of where we've been and what we've eaten.  On the train she began going back into actual journal entries.  Her entries were more detailed than mine.  Twelve pages covering just the first day!

Upon arrival we discovered that we had left spring behind.  Aizu was cold and very windy!  The mountains surrounding the city were still snow-capped.  The best thing about Brent and Kris' apartment was the kotaksu -- a low, square cofee table with a built-in heater underneath and a duvet spread between the base and table top.  You sit on the cushions or stadium seat-like chairs and put your legs under the kotaksu to keep warm.  We basically just ran back and forth between the kotaksu and the electric mattress pad on our bed.
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