Published: April 30th 2012April 29th 2012
In traditional Japanese-style rooms, robes for relaxing in your room are often provided. I wore some the second evening and night at the Ryokan Katsutaro, a Japanese inn that reminds me of a cross between a bed and breakfast and a hostel. Unfortunately, it didn't serve breakfast but the room was very roomy.
I was up early this morning (Monday Japan-time, still Sunday I believe old time) and wrote the longest entry about my arrival and the first morning I stayed here only to accidentally bump my laptop and closed the browser window. This laptop is extremely sensitive to small movements. I thought I might have saved a draft of the entry, but I hadn't. I was a bit encouraged when I found three comments on my blog, as the site never notified me anyone attempted to comment so that I could moderate them. Although I'm not doing an adequate job, at least some people might be enjoying the updates and photos.
There is so much to share that I feel I'm not doing an adequate job, but instead I'll include a few more photographs of the time I have spent here. I'm now in Kitakami with my sister. Soya-san, her friend and a taxi cab driver, surprised us at the station and took us out for a ride up into the hills outside Kitakami for a beautiful view of the city and some gorgeous scenery. We also went to see some dog-toothed violets, a wildflower that has become harder to find in
Anna and I together in the evening in our robes at the Ryokan Katsutaro in Ueno.
the area. He is a wonderful man who loves to talk and speaks no English, which is a shame as he rarely gives Anna a breath to translate. I like him a lot. Today he will be our ride to the onsen.
There are more photos below