友達 tomodachi—friends

We had a wonderful time with our visitors from Ireland. They stayed with us for around 2 and a half weeks, and they really enjoyed Japan.

Here are some highlights.

The playground at our local park, Kaiyuu Land.

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A visit to Kyoto, and an encounter with a friendly monk.

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A meal at Koya-san. The girls were really good about eating all kinds of Japanese food. DSC_0274

A Kannon statue at a monument in Koya-san.

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Throwing water at the Buddha statues at Koya-san.

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The famous “Glico Man” sign at the landmark Dotonbori Bridge in Osaka.

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Karaoke.

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A birthday visit to Harvest Hill in Sakai.

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Evening birthday celebration.

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On board the Shinkansen on the way to Tokyo.

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At the 5-storey pagoda in Nara.

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Nara’s famous (and unpredictable) deer.

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Another birthday celebration.

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At Minoo waterfall.

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A very memorable lunch at a ryokan in Minoo.

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Waterslides at SpaWorld in Osaka. Again! Again!

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Hanami picnic.

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At the airport, time to say goodbye.

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7 thoughts on “友達 tomodachi—friends

    1. It really was a lot of fun for all of us. The girls really fell in love with Japan and said they want to come back here. Their openness to new experiences was very impressive; they met Japan head-on and didn’t shy away from anything. Not sure how I would have coped at that age!

  1. Our Irish friends have also recently returned home after spending 2 packed weeks with us in Japan. We ventured near, far and wide, Tennoji, Shinsekai, Umeda Sky building, eateries in the Osaka eki-mae buildings, Kyoto – one day at Kiyomizudera and Gion and another at the bamboo forest, moss garden at Gioji Temple, monkey park and musical box museum in Arashiyama, a hanami party at Osaka Castle Park, a matsuri in Wakayama, a shinkansen ride to Okayama on the way to Matsuyama, Shikoku, their first onsen experience at the amazing historical Dogo Onsen, a ride up the ropeway and a visit to Matsuyama Castle, Issteji Temple No. 51 of the 88-Temple pilgrimage and environs, possibly the most interesting temple on the route, and a visit to Koyasan. They got to try many Japanese foods – yakitori, kushi katsu, okonomiyaki, sushi, sashimi …. And finally a trip on the futuristic, luxurious, blue Rapid train back to the airport. We didn’t make it to Nara but they will have something to look forward to if they ever come again. They have gone home to get some rest 🙂 but they said it was a fantastic experience and they have some amazing stories they can tell their family and friends.
    Dale

    1. Hi Dale,

      it sounds like your Irish visitors had an amazing time, and that you had a great time too showing them everything! Your description reminds me of all the places I haven’t yet visited – Arashiyama, a proper visit to Shikoku…

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