What a day full of surprises!
We started late (surprise, surprise) due to our very early morning bedtime after our amazing night out.
There is too much to write about here so I will share an abridged version.
Peter had contacted the Yukuhashi Rotary Club a few months ago to let them know that we would be visiting his old ‘home’ town after 35 years. They wrote back to say there would be a dinner for us on the night of our arrival. That was all we knew right up until we were picked up at 6.30pm yesterday.
Well dinner turned out to be so much more than we could ever have imagined. We were honourary guests at the Autumn full moon festive event, Tsukumi, held at the local shrine. There were around 40 Rotarians and some of their wives and traditional food as far as the eye could see. There were speeches, festive omochi and sake. Peter was reunited with many of his school friends from his time here as an exchange student – very emotional (even for me) and we participated in a traditional dance, Tanko Bushi, the Japanese coal miners dance.
This was just the beginning though. After all the open air activities had been packed away we were invited to a local izakaya (pub) where a whole lot more eating, drinking and socialising took place.
After that we had just one more stop. Peter’s ‘brother’ Shinya (who he hasn’t seen for about three decades) took us to visit his Mum (Peter’s ‘Okasan’), Mrs Matsuo. Peter really should be doing the blogging about this, because it was such a special thing for him. There’s so much to tell, but I will just say it was a poignant experience that neither of us will ever forget.
So now, I reach part two of our Yukuhashi visit – today!
However, it is nearly 11pm so can I just post some photos because we really, really need to get some sleep!
See what I mean – we really, really need to get some sleep!
Good night until tomorrow..