Friday, December 9, 2016

Japan - Day 10 - Iimoriyama Hill

Saturday, October 22, 2016  Aizu-Wakamatsu, Fukushima

Iimoriyama is the location of the Byakkotai tragedy that occurred during the Boshin War (1868-1869) between the old Tokugawa government and the new Meiji government. It  is the final resting place of a group of young Aizu soldiers, aged 16 and 17, in a unit called the Byakkotai (White Tiger Corps) who committed seppuku when they saw their castle engulfed in flames.

Monuments were located up a mountain, accessible by escalator or stairs. 
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All chose to ride the escalator . . . 
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except one person.
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This monument was donated by the government of Rome.
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This monument was built in remembrance of the 230 women and children of the Aizu clan who died in the Boshin War. 
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Thank you, Allen, for pointing out this photo op to me. 
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Lunch was ramen and gyoza at a rest stop. 
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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Japan - Day 10 - Hotel Listel Inawashiro, Breakfast Buffet

Saturday, October 22, 2016   Inawashiro, Aizu

Sweetie and I were starting to get used to Japan time so we woke up later than usual and actually went down to breakfast after 7 a.m. It worked out good because we were told that by doing so, we managed to avoid the crowd.

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Mine.
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Not mine.
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We didn't have much time for our morning stroll, so we just walked around nearby the hotel.
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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Wear a Winter Holiday Pin Day


Yesterday was "Wear a Holiday Pin Day" at work.

Mich's
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Runa wore hers on her head.
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I've known Noreen for over 30 years and I never knew that she likes owls. 
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Penny couldn't find a pin so she used an ornament as her pin.
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Ronnie couldn't find a pin either and made some weird thing. 
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Mel's
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Lorna's
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Susan's
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Karen made hers the night before. 
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She also made Sarah's.
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Leslie loves cows.
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Mine
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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Japan - Day 9 - Hotel Listel Inawashiro, Dinner Buffet

Friday, October 21, 2016  Aizu, Fukushima

Hotel Listel Inawashiro lies wedged at the foot of mountains with farmland spreading before it. Early in the planning stages of the trip, I imagined that the surrounding area of the hotel would be devoid of city lights and wondered if maybe I could try to take some long-exposure shots of the stars at night.

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Unfortunately, that never happened. After dinner I was too tired and only wanted to go back to the room and relax. Here, at least is a picture that I took from our room before dinner.

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And here are the photos from the dinner buffet. 
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Here is my plate. Kinda lacking, yah? Maybe I went back for more later.  I don't remember anymore. 
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Here's my dessert. I miss those melons. 
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