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Sep 24, 2015 - Hiroshima day 2 to Iwakuni

After our breakfast we had a choice: the UNESCO heritage listed Miajima island with the oldest intact wooden temple and the famous floating shrine that appears on postcards and promotional material, and a very old wooden bridge; the Kintaikyo bridge in Iwakuni. (I have to put the names in to assist the brain cells to remember!!) Mark and Chris had been to the former; Pete and I were interested in engineering/architecture so the bridge was the choice. Our now familiar tram and then a bus got us there. Loved the bridge first built in 1673....

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Aug 8, 2015 - Leaving Japan with a Bang

Ok so wrap up and photo dump (mostly food porn lol) Japan was awesome! Best part spending time with family and getting to experience so many firsts with them! I could just go on and on listing things......like naked bathing Japanese men along the side of the road......but I'm just going to let my photos on this blog speak for me! Sayonara Japan, I will visit you again!

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Aug 4, 2015 - Castles and Bridges

The Kintai-kyo Bridge has been Iwakuni's most distinguished landmark and a subject of admiration for hundreds of years. Completely made of wood and without the use of any nails, the bridge makes five bold arches onto massive stone pillars as it crosses over the Nishiki River. Plans for the Kintai-kyo were first drawn up when strong currents had once again destroyed a bridge crossing the Nishiki River. A more durable bridge was commissioned by Kikkawa Hiroyoshi, the third feudal lord of Iwakuni, whose statue stands at the entrance to Kikko...

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Jul 24, 2015 - Japanese Cooking Class!

Today we got to have an awesome experience! We took a Japanese cooking class through the Cultural Adaptation Program. We learned how to make Egg Seaweed Soup, Sticky Golden Fried Rice, Shumai dumplings from Sachiko-sensei. We started with a cooking demonstration by Sachiko-sensei who walked us through all the steps for each dish, with the help of her translator. It was so great to have a visual reference to go back to while preparing the dishes. We were then turned loose and within our groups we prepared each dish as a team. The Shumai were...

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Jul 16, 2015 - Iwakuni Day 1

First day on Iwakuni, ok I'll say it, I missed base! lol there is something comforting about being surrounded by the USMC again, not to mention eating "American food" lol Today we went to swim class, so proud of my goddaughter, she is a swimming super star! Then we hung out and prepped for a typhoon (now down graded to a tropical storm). Now we are watching Sherlock Holmes....it's nice to have some normal again, well as normal as things ever are when Stefanie and I are together lol

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