Where were we?
Oh right, ALL OVER Kyushu!!!
One of the most amazing things happened. We stumbled on a mountain side hoarder who sold us these lanterns for less than $100 total!!!!!
(Please ignore all my crap airing out behind them. Our movers come tomorrow so all the bath toys and my shoes have to get dried!)
So we then drove all over Japan with those in the hatch of tiny 2002 Nissan Cube. It was quite hilarious!
Our next stop was Kumamoto Castle which was devastated by the 2016 Earthquake. You cannot enter the castle at this point because it is structurally unsound but they are currently cataloging rocks and rebuilding the castle. It was a lovely walk around the outside of the castle and we donated money to help with the rebuilding.
That afternoon we drove the rest of the way to Nagasaki which involved another ferry. We’re getting pretty travel savvy 😉 (although there is no way in hell I would be the one who drove over this bridge onto this ferry!)
(This video is stupid long, sorry!)
The next morning we went to Hashima, or Battleship Island off the coast of Nagasaki. It was an active mine from 1887 until 1974 when the coal ran out and island was abandoned. Now you can take a tour in a group and see the undisturbed structures. It’s really fricken awesome. It was rainy and the sea was really choppy but thanks for my Hawaiian friend Angie we were prepared with Bonine which is WAY better than Dramamine. Everyone survived, and though we were FREEZING and wet, it was really great. It also was something that Nathaniel planned really just for Rosie, which was very awesome!
The next day was Torey Day!!! We *FINALLY* went to the Nagasaki Bio Park. It’s a giant Zoo where the animals aren’t in cages. You enter the enclosures and hang out with the animals. You can touch and feed a lot of the animals. It was SO FUN. I cannot stress enough how happy and healthy the animals looked and how much fun it was. I would seriously go again. Like, I might come back to Japan just for this experience. I’ll let the pictures explain it to you, because I’m still so in awe of the experience that my words don’t work.
Flamingos make REALLY interesting noises! It was fun to watch them eat and yap at each other. Rosie even got a PINK feather!
Me to my children: Smile nicely!
Our last stop on our tour was Osaka on the way home, where we visited the Osaka Aquarium. You may recall that this the place where we lost Isaac for a distinct and terrifying amount of time when the Coles were here. This time, we stayed together and had a complete blast!
We didn’t any pictures because it’s dark and it was really crowded for Golden Week and Children’s day, but it was a great ending to a long trip!!! I cannot believe that this was our last trip in Japan.
Our movers come tomorrow (Probably today by the time most of you read this) so I’m a hot mess. I’ll keep you posted!