The pictures explain how the toilet worked in those days. Place your cursor over the picture to see the caption.
The Samurai Palace stood on 7 acres and was completely burned down about 130 years ago. The Japanese rebuilt it about 20 years ago and it took them 2 years. It gave us a sense of how they lived, the amory they used, their household effects and the furniture.
After mooching around for a few hours and taking pictures, we went and had lunch at this restaurant I found in October.
Before going in we spotted a garbage truck that said “Let’s Cleaning” on it and so of course everyone wanted a picture. They have alot of funny English sentences – well to us they are funny but I guess to the Japanese they seemed correct.
Dave, Alex and Lucy had some kind of noodle soup on hot stoves while I had some tempura, Liza had fried fish and Emma had this tray full of bits and bobs, different kinds of pickles and was very fancy – must have had about 8 different little containers with yummy stuff. The waitress was trying to explain about the drink counter how one side is free and the other is not but we just guessed that was what she wanted to tell us. It was all very exhausting trying to converse and understand whatever was being said.
Afterwards, the kids wanted to go to the Persimmon Orchard and fortunately the fruits were still in abundance on the trees and we took lots of pictures. I was actually surprised that there were still fruits on the trees because we were there a long time ago.
All the persimmon fruits in Aizu are bitter. You need to spray them with a potato wine called Shoujoo and cover for a month in an airtight box before you can eat them.
We came back to the apartment to get our chirkeys into the oven. Actually, I had no idea if I could work the oven but I did and the meal was delicious.