Over the weekend Sarah and I went to visit one of our high school friends who lives in Kurume, a small town in Kyushu.
|Reunion! We're all blonde now.|
Kurume was really interesting to see, since I've only been to a very few locations outside of Tokyo. The streets and sidewalks are much wider, and it felt like I could see farther because the buildings weren't nearly as tall. The town had a very warm friendly atmosphere, and Hunter has friends all over, and is also acquainted with all the neighborhood cats.
|Small Town Japan|
|The chickens slide back and forth on the hour!|
It turns out that Bridgestone Tires was started in Kurume. I had no idea, but Bridgestone is a Japanese company. The name comes from the Ishibashi family whose last name means "stone bridge."
|Hunter with the Tire|
We didn't actually go in, but Hunter took us past a karaoke place that looks crazy! It's actually based on Gaudi's architecture, but it sort of looks like a hallucination.
But everything was really beautiful while we were there. There were still some Sakura blooming (though they're not the normal kind - these remind me a little of carnations), and the carp flags are out for the Boy's Day celebrations.
|Sakura Lined Canal|
Stay tuned for a post about all the food we ate there!