I picked them up in Osaka and we came straight back to Hiroshima on the shinkansen to rest and get over their jet lag. The first week and a bit we spent in and around Hiroshima prefecture taking in the usual sights - Miyajima, Atomic Bomb dome when it also happened to be the annual Flower Festival weekend, spending hours in Don Quihote and shopping in Hiroshima city, eating real sushi, okonomiyaki and ramen, exploring Naoshima on bikes, visiting one of my schools and watching my lesson, coming to my koto lesson to watch me and my teacher play, going to baseball with my dad and taking them to the top of a mountain to see the beautiful view of the inland sea. They became pretty local at the supermarket near my house, and dad became addicted to Japanese ice cream, yogurt and chips!
|Miyajima bell ringer|
|Hiroshima okonomiyaki time|
|pumpkin at Naoshima|
|My students playing the shakuhachi for my parents|
|peace-ful mounter climbers|
|baseball selfies and matching carp t-shirts|
|Hiroshima Carp GET UP!|
|Don Quihote fun|
Part 2 Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto coming soon!