Kure | Japan Series Part X

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I promise, I’m almost through with these posts, haha. – On this day we went for a road-trip to Kure and just a lovely ride through the countryside. My Japanese family has a little family home in the countryside where they raise crops and have a little bamboo grove. Things you can only dream of when you walk around in the big cities in Japan. It was so nice to have a change of scenery – even though Hiroshima is quite green and nature-y with all it’s rivers and mountains. It was time for a breather in between all my thesis research. A well deserved break, because even though I thought it was wonderful; the days I spend in the archives of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park were quite exhausting (and maybe even traumatizing to see, hear and read all the bad things that people had to go through at the time of the atomic bomb). But that’s for another post, here’s to the happy!! Let’s go!

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Kure is a small area a little south-west to Hiroshima. We had a lovely playlist on during the car ride (with the likes of the Kiki’s Delivery Service soundtrack – which brings really happy memories now everytime I hear it).

 

The town outskirts were really relaxed, it was sunny and hot for the autumn morning we were having. And we were lucky as my siter, Fumi and I ventured into the little streets to a small temple, which somehow was open because someone was there doing the maintenance work. They knew Fumi parent’s and grandparents so we could have a little look around. I didn’t take any pictures inside, because… well.. decency and respect – and probably most: living in the moment.

houses are awesometemple roof persimmon

We had lunch at this super sweet ‘fastfood’ udon restaurant. The udon was freshly made and you just picked topping, sides, soupbase etc. In my memory it still tastes like the best udon I ever had. When I look back at the pictures that were made of me I am just bright red, smiling like an idiot – that’s how happy I was to be eating it. It’s weird how some things make for such vivid memories, right?

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We got into the town of Kure and were again lucky to see a little fesitval was going on. We enjoyed some zensai (basically a hot anko soup) – which was delicious. And I took a semi-creepy shot of a group of cute kids posing and I can’t not share it because look!

cute kidszensai

After that I got to visit the Yamato Museum, the maritime museum of the Hiroshima area. Lots of famous battleships were built in the port of  Kure, so there was more history to suck in. Which too was very interesting, and definitely nice for context to my thesis. Even though I was just visiting here leisurely. Super interesting museum, if you ever find yourself in the area.

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After the Yamato Museum we chilled a bit near the port. Had a little snack, and saw a really cute dog that plopped down before us and didn’t want to walk any further, to the embarrassment of the lovely owner. They were cute!! – After sitting down and enjoying the view we headed home, and I once again had one of those moments where I couldn’t be more happy about life while watching out of a train-window. Every time I see these pictures my heart beats a tiny bit faster. There’s just something about a sunset, mountains and hills at the horizon and just being in a moment.

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At home we had another great home cooked meal – and after dinner (and a great dessert!!) we got around to some calligraphy. All in all a really, really relaxed and nice day. I would forever like to thank my lovely Japanese family for their kindness.

dessert - matcha yaycalligraphy


This post is part of my blogseries from my trip to Japan in October 2014.
Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI
Part VII | | Part VIII | Part IX | Part X | Part XI | Part XII | Part XIII

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  • I’ve been reading your blog for a little while, but I don’t think I’ve picked up on this yet. Could I get a little background about Japan and you? I gather you have visited a few times but I feel like there is more to this story that I haven’t understood yet.

    I find it incredible that you can recall with such detail about days that happened a while ago! it looks like it was an incredible day with amazing weather. That poodle is so cute!

    Nat | Dignifiable

    • Oh how I wish I had this super interesting story to share with you… I guess there is a little something but basically where it comes down to: I love Japanese culture, aesthetics and food. Maybe more so than my own culture.

      A long, long time ago my father as a kid met this Japanese man on a beach who asked him to be his son’s penpal. Then that kind of developed over the year as good friends and now the whole family feels like family. And I love that I have family in Japan – while there’s no real family (outside my siblings and parents) anymore in my own country. Maybe that doesn’t really cover it. But there is this kind of burning passion for Japan that I wouldn’t really describe as “shallow” as someone who is Japan-obsessed with all things kawaii and such. It’s not that I don’t see the flaws in Japanese culture – I just find it really interesting to observe. I don’t know… You got me thinking though, I might try and pour out some thought on this in a future blogpost as this already is way too much of a reply to your comment haha.

      • Apologies for butting in – but I find that so fascinating! My boyfriend is the same way with Japanese culture, though I’m not sure where his interest stemmed from so I’ll have to ask haha. I think it’s so cool to meet friends like that, especially with just outright asking to be someone’s pen pal.

        Anyway, I wanted to say that I love udon! It’s one of my favorite things to eat because it goes well with so many things and you can flavor it up in so many ways, too. The temple architecture is so pretty to look at, I’m especially drawn to the last picture of the roof.

        becky ♡ star violet

        • Ahh, that’s so cool! Now I feel just a little less weird, haha! And indeed, those were the days. Just outright asking to be someone’s pen pal is pretty cool…I wonder how that would go down nowadays.

  • This sounds like such a nice day out, a string of lovely things happening! I think there’s a place around here that does self-serve udon, probably not as good as what you hate, haha. Aw, that dog is adorable too.

    P.S. I would’ve loved to exchange Christmas cards but I’m leaving so soon! Maybe next year :)

    • Ahh, don’t worry about it! I hope you’ll have the bestest time on your trip!!

  • Stephanie Louise

    Those are the days you remember forever and forever! I understand the whole no taking photos thing. Sometimes you just want to live in the moment, and there’s always a reason. Missing Japan as always because of your amaazzzing posts Louise. ;)

    • Forever loving your comments, thank you so much for your kindness Stephanie! x

  • Beautiful photos! It looks like you had such a wonderful trip, and all of the food shots are making me hungry, especially the noodles. :)

  • So beautiful! The food and the light and the puppies! All the good stuff :)

  • Eliza

    Oohmpf! This looks delicious and sounds super relaxing! Such a nice, sunny day you’ve had! Looking forward to more!

  • I don’t mind your Japanese posts at all :P keep them coming!
    Japanese country side is gorgeous! And I still need to watch
    Kiki Delivery Service :c
    All fastfood in Japan are good :P from hearing and seeing
    and food memories even better! Xx http://icepandora.blogspot.com

  • Liz

    The food in Japan looks absolutely the best. Autumn is the best time to be there I think. I’m hoping to visit one day.

  • Camila Leme

    I really want to go to Hiroshima when I go to Japan! Also, cannot not think of Space Battleship Yamato anime when you mentioned the Yamato Museum, haha :)