After I met with my friend at Okayama, I traveled to Hiroshima, Miyajima, Yokohama, and Tokyo with my parents.
At Hiroshima, I saw the Peace Memorial Museum, the A-Bomb Dome, and I ate Hiroshima style Okonomiyaki with my parents. The Peace Memorial Museum was very disturbing because there were a lot of pictures of people that suffered from the Atomic bomb during World War II.
|The infamous A-Bomb Dome
|Origami donated to mourn the tragedy of the atomic bomb
The Hiroshima style Okonomiyaki was very good. Okonomiyaki is a Japanese style pancake. Hiroshima is famous for Okonomiyaki, but so so is Osaka. Osaka also has its own unique style of Okonomiyaki. Hiroshima style Okonomiyaki has noodles inside of it, and it is cooked differently compared to Osaka style.
In Japan, there are a lot of restaurants that allow you to cook your own Okonomiyaki. But the chef at the restaurant my family and I went to had cooked the Okonomiyaki for us.
At Miyajima, I was able to travel underneath the Itsukushima Shrine by boat. I was also able to take a cable car to the top of a nearby mountain with my parents. Like Matsushima at Sendai, Miyajima is supposed to be one of the three most beautiful places within in Japan.
|Posing at the Itsukushima shrine with my parents
I am not a huge sports fan, but I think Japanese baseball can be very exciting to watch. Usually when someone makes a homerun, the fans of that team swing their mini umbrellas to celebrate that teams success. This was my third Japanese baseball game. Compared to the last two games, this one was difficult to enjoy because the dome was not closed, and the weather was too cold. Below is a video from youtube of Japanese people celebrating a homerun made by their team.
At the Ramen museum, my family and I ate delicious ramen. The Ramen Museum had a lot of vendors that looked like old style Ramen shops during the 1920s.
|The inside of the Ramen Museum looks like an old fashioned Japanese town
|Ramen from the Ramen Museum
|Hawaii styled garlic shrimp
Compared to my relatives in Hokkaido, my relatives in Tokyo speak better English. My Tokyo relatives are able to have a conversation in English with my parents that do not speak much Japanese.
|First night my parents and I had dinner at Tokyo with my Japanese relatives
|Second night my parents and I had dinner at Tokyo with my Japanese relatives
For me getting to know my Japanese relatives is like getting to know my other relatives. Although my relatives are good for Japanese practice, I usually find find it easier to talk to my relatives that are closer to my age than my older relatives
Perhaps it is because of the age gap or it is because I feel the need to be more respectful when I am around my elders, so it can be difficult to maintain a more casual conversation.
It was nice spending time with both my family and Japanese relatives. Unfortunately, I had to return to Akita for the Spring Semester, and my parents had to return to Hawaii soon. Therefore I parted my ways from my parents and left to return to Akita by night bus from Tokyo.