Saturday 12 July 2014 A completely unplanned day – fabulous – a road trip from Tokyo to Tateyama, a coastal town on the eastern peninsula of Japan’s largest island. My sister, her flatmate Jordan and myself. Jordan’s from New Zealand and one of the things he does for money is take ex-pats and other interested folks on ‘adventure’-type activities, so this was a research trip. We walked around a small island and went snorkling. The water was murky from the cyclone which hit Okinawa and the west of Japan a few days earlier, but still lovely. Not an epic ‘tourist’ day, but very pleasant and it was great to see how my sister likes spending her free time. Back in Tokyo we went out for a late dinner, a restaurant near the hotel that specialised in Miyazaki prefecture food – mainly chicken, but also tomato kimchi and fresh cucumber with miso relish. Our waitress was VERY enthusiastic about having someone from Australia in the restaurant. To contain her excitement she gave us free dessert and painted a picture of Australia in chocolate sauce.
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