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The closest big town to Kurashiki is Okayama and we decided to stay there for a couple days as it was good jumping off point for the contemporary art island of Naoshima, which we will get to later…

Transporting the Bride

Transporting the Bride

The bride - taken by a nice man we met in Okayama park. Stunning picture.

The bride – these taken by a nice man we met in Okayama park. Stunning picture.

We walked around town, toured the black castle and walked the beautiful Okayama Garden, where an older, very friendly couple approached us and asked where we were from and chatted to us a bit about Japan and the US. We exchanged email addresses and got the pictures above on the same day.

The Black Castle

The Black Castle

The nice thing about being from Seattle is that EVERYONE knows Ichiro in Japan. It is the first word out of their mouth when you mention the word Seattle. It does not matter how big or small the town you are in, he is in the newspaper everyday, along with Dice-K of the Red Sox.

And I think being approached by strangers is fairly unique to Japan as well. Whether it is a little boy forced by his mother to practice his English or an adult just curious about the gaijin wandering the streets and potentially concerned that they might be lost, you will get approached by somebody every few days and all they want is to make sure you are OK or just to chat. It’s very welcoming.

And more Katsu Kurry


One Response

  1. OMG I have loved reading your Japan posts, just makes me even more excited for our trip! We plan to stay in a Ryokan now – hope we get food like you guys had. Jeff has agreed to try anything and everything but he made a few odd noises when he saw some of the pictures of the food – HAHA!! He promised to try everything! 😉 He did say he was bringing a fork on the trip… I hope he was kidding!

    Kelly it was great seeing you and Tim we missed you! Looking forward to seeing you guys again. Have fun in Africa and Europe. 🙂

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