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Lunch at Onigily Cafe

Been doing some errands in the morning that extended over normal lunch hours. So I had a late lunch. At Onigily Cafe, a new place not far from home.


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Quite nice. Stylish interior. Friendly staff. Beautiful restroom. And, most importantly, tasty food.


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Swimming with Dolphins

We’ve been away on an onsen vacation for almost a week. Today we ended it by snorkeling with Dolphins in Shimoda. It was a wonderful one hour with constant 3-4 dolphins grabbing our arms – “play with us, play with us!”

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Gyokuhokan

On the third day of our vacation we checked into Gyokuhokan ryokan. It was a 40 minutes or so ride from Tofuya ryokan.

It took as a while longer as we stopped at a waterfall, slowed down to watch some wasabi fields, and got dizzy in one of the strangest road constructions I’ve been rising in. A 720 degrees circular road to (from our perspective) descend about 75 meters (guess anyone coming from the other direction would not agree, they would probably say it was ascending 75 meters).

Gyokuhokan was a very nice place too. Just outside the entrance was a giant pump that pumped natural hot spring water, and made an whoozing noise while shying away in a haze of steam.

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The dinner was superb. There’s no other words for it. And I had the most expensive tea I ever had. But it was worth every yen.

Before and after the dinner we used both the public baths and the hot tub we had on the veranda to our room. Very relaxing.

Tohoku Visit

We got on an early Shinkansen to Sendai on Saturday. From Sendai we drove a rental car to Kobuchihama where we checked in at Atagoso.

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Once checked in we went on a visiting trip to all our friends. One of te stop were at Mei’s grandparents. As usual she was there.

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After visiting many friends we got back to Aragoso for dinner. We had so much to eat, all things from the sea. Including an unlimited number of sea urchin.

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On Sunday we continued our tour around to meet with friends. We had a short stop at the harbor to have a look at Koshi’ boat and the hundreds of flatfish that he and his crew caught.

In the afternoon we visited Fukukiura. Another new born baby.

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Then it was time to return to Tokyo. 2 hours drive to Sendai. Dinner. 1.5 hours ride on Shinkansen to Tokyo. Toku picking us up and driving us home. Exhausted. Sleep.