Last Saturday I ended training and left Hiroshima for Shunan. My apartment is in Kudamatsu, an outlier city of Shunan. I'm nestled in the foothills in a purely residential area. The roadways are terribly narrow, and the pathways are a maze. They wind around homes and small rice fields. It's all part of the charm of Japan.
My apartment is pretty new, which surprised me. It reminds me of a dorm room with a main living/sleeping area and a small kitchen, laundry area, and bathroom off a main entrance hallway. I'll take video when I get my camera.
Saturday night I went to a midnight bbq in Yamaguchi and met some new people. Even though it was pitch black, it was neat to be next to some big mountains and a river. Bbqing with a flashlight is quite tough, by the way. I don't think the cops liked that some people were shooting off fireworks at 2 am. Don't worry, noone got into trouble. Speaking of cops:
This is a police sign not too far from my apartment. The officers are blowfish.
You can really tell you're in a fishing town when you see these big fishing stores:
And here's some of my pics from Hiroshima's Peace Park:
A ceremonial bell
Korean memorial with a cool stone turtle
The eternal flame lined up with the dome
The A-bomb dome, kept the way it was after that fateful day
A closer view of the dome
The past and present together
Obligatory dusk/sunset picture
I have a photostream of all my pictures so far on the right-hand side of this journal, since I don't want to include them all in my journal. You can click on them and check them out. I added descriptions to most.