We took the Chicago Architecture Foundation boat tour that evening.
The Willamette Meteorite, originally found near Portland, Oregon.
There are over 300 fountains, and there were originally over 1500.
I am not good at this. But you can see the tower in the corner.
We actually went there as part of Dolphin Days - including dinner with Top Chef contestant Marcel Vigneron
Linda and Albert at South Point
This is at the somewhat underdeveloped World Botanic Gardens
This bridge bears a certain resemblance to another famous one. Same builder... much more recent.
This is behind the Volcano Lodge in the national park, overlooking Kiluea crater.
Steam issues from vents all over the crater floor.
Redder rocks are either older or where a larger concentration of iron has surfaced.
Anniversary dinner had a nice sunset.
My aunt and uncle live very close to Kamakura, so my aunt took us sightseeing. This is the Daibutsu at Kamakura.
and a very old Gingko tree. When gingkos get very very old, they start to grow what I can only describe as stalactites which flow down from their limbs and trunk towards the ground.
They had old pictures of the treacherous path that used to be used to access the caves, but luckily for us, a new bridge had been built.
Aunt Yuuko accompanied us to the train station ( pictured here ), and from there all the way to the hotel that my cousin had reserved for us in Yokohama.
Linda and I wore yukata ( a kind of light and simple summer kimono ) which aunt Yuuko had given us in Yokohama. In the back are my aunt Mise and cousin Marie.
Here they serve you tea, dinner and breakfast in your room. They also have large communal baths.
Eventually, we met Yoko and Nobu who took us out to see Gion Corner ( a tourist-oriented review of traiditonal Japanese arts ) and then to dinner at a local Izakaya.
They have this sort of thing, in addition to a serious museum built inside the reconstructed castle.
The old buildings along the canal were beautiful.
They certainly had industrial sized incense burners.
There was some scenery, a big gate ...
We stopped at an overlook on our way back to the dock. Our ship is anchored in the harbor.
We returned to the ship after visiting a beach in the afternoon, and the ship left port bound for Raiatea.
We went that afternoon on a snorkel expedition to see ( and touch! ) stingrays, as well as see a coral garden area.
This is the Master of Nets garden in Suzhou. Very similar to the chinese garden in Portland, OR.