Miss Debbie from Life in the Sandwich Years correctly guessed that I was in Japan from the pictures. Congrats, Miss Debbie. Please send me your mailing address at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll send something from Japan to you! I will not be able to get anything mailed next week, as I'm going to be away again on travel, but will get it mailed as soon as I can!
I'll explain each Japan photo I've posted real quick... Click on the photos to see them bigger!
This photo was taken near Sasebo, Japan, just from the side of the road. Japan is a very beautiful country.
The below photo was at Nagasaki Peace Park, Nagasaki, Japan. It was taken as I talked down the steps to the exact spot where the atomic bomb was dropped.
This is from Wikipedia:
On August 9, 1945, Nagasaki was the target of the United States' second atomic bomb attack (and the second detonation of a plutonium bomb; the first was tested in central New Mexico, USA) at 11:02 a.m., when the north of the city was destroyed in less than a second, and an estimated 70,000 people were killed by the bomb codenamed "Fat Man." According to statistics found within Nagasaki Peace Park, the death toll from the atomic bombing totalled 73,884, including 2,000 Korean forced workers and eight POWs, as well as another 74,909 injured, and another several hundred thousand diseased and dying due to fallout and other illness caused by radiation. This bomb was supposed to be more destructive than "Little Boy" but was dropped in a valley, and therefore did roughly the same amount of damage as Little Boy.
In Japan there were yellow lines like this on all the sidewalks I saw. Many people didn't know what they meant, but one person thought people were supposed to walk to the left side of the line to keep order. People walk to the left and drive on the left in Japan.
This was taken at Saikai National Park Kujukushima Visitor Center.
This is back in the Nagasaki Peace Park.
Here's some info about the statue:
This fountain is also in Nagasaki Peace Park.
Saw lots of bikes
I never knew what I was eating. This was an excellent menu - it had pictures and many courses. Often I went to places that had no pictures. When I got many different little courses, there's a chance I'll like some of them.
The bullet train I rode on in Tokyo.
This was also at Saikai National Park Kujukushima Visitor Center.
At Nagasaki, not very far from where the bomb was dropped, there was a prison. This is what is left of the prison. It shows the metal bars that were bent by the force of the bomb.
This is a sign in the peace park.
Yeah, I was exposed, according to this sign. I drank the tap water there at Nagasaki, too. And, to be brave, I went near the sight of the radiation leak after the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and subsequent radiation leak from a nuclear power site.
Cold Soda/water/tea machines were everywhere I went in Japan. Like on the sides of the road. I frequented them often instead of stopping in a store for a water or a tea. Although I never really knew what I was getting until I tasted it, as it was all written in Japanese.
I traveled to several areas of Japan and got to enjoy the wonderful culture there. I still have lots more pictures, but this post is very long, so I'll close for now.