Monday, November 01, 2010

Japan Trip - Day 2

10/22 in Tokyo/Kyoto.

We hopped on the SHINKANSEN (Bullet Train) and head off to Kyoto. Today was the first day for DOSHISHA Int'l High School to accept applications for the entrance exams. Hosho thought it would be a great idea to see the campus first hand...maybe motivate Taka a little bit.

Gotta love that JR Rail Pass, we got on without a hitch. When we arrived in KYOTO, the first thing we wanted to do was eat lunch! LOL! So off to HAMAMURA for RAMEN! YUM!!

Then we went directly to the DOSHISHA campus where they house the University, the Women's College and the International High School. It was impressive but the 15 minute uphill walk nearly killed me! This is the entrance to the high school.

Then we went to OSAKA and met my MIL who stayed with us at the hotel. She was also attending my father's memorial in ITAMI/HYOGO Pref. (the neighboring prefecture to OSAKA). The boys were so excited to see her - it's been six years since they last saw each other. She was surprised to see how tall they had gotten.

Here's a picture of my MIL with my youngest, Hiro, in OSAKA Station. Sorry for the blurred picture but if you didn't move, you would be trampled by a sea of people (yes, another Japanese rush hour...sigh). LOL!

We headed to this restaurant that served FUGU (Blowfish) dishes. Hosho found a licensed FUGU chef that made our wonderful dinner! Blowfish are poisonous - a chef needs to learn how to cut and serve this specialized dish - that's where the license comes in :)

After dinner, we walked it off by wandering around the area. Then off to bed. Another productive day and tomorrow will be the big event - my dad's memorial :)

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