Kagoshima is in the South of Japan. It is said to be the Naples of Japan. I have seen Naples, and wasn’t expecting much.
It lies in the shadow of an active volcano.
The reception we got from the city was very friendly. They put on a free show for us onboard in the morning. They had a booth outside the ship with free samples of the local cuisine. Fish cakes, bean cakes, green tea and potato wine. All were food. I mean, good. They set up a huge drum outside the ship and had a big show as we were about to leave.
The shuttle bus stops at the mall.
A guy stands in the mall ringing a bell. I guess he is begging?? What is the costume he’s wearing? I put money into his bowl and he gave me a newspaper. I have no idea what it said.
Two policemen help a little old lady.
I was starving, and excited about eating real Japanese food. I found a restaurant popular with the locals.
The food looked even better than the plastic food outside. It was delicious. Seaweed salad, noodle soup, and a sushi bowl. The sushi bowl was surprisingly cold.
I was given a pair of chopsticks and I eyed my soup dubiously. I watched the lady beside me out of the corner of my eye, to see how she handled her soup.
I have noticed they haven’t been serving soya sauce with the food since I’ve been in Asia. Is it a western thing?
They say Japan is expensive, but my meal was 800 yen – just under $7 USD. I wouldn’t get that at home for $7!
I didn’t have enough time to see the botanical gardens. Instead I sought out the more subtle wonders of the town itself. I sent some postcards home. I scoffed at the picture of pink cherry blossoms. “This town does NOT look like this!!” I thought to myself, as I sent the postcard.
In the park there is a vending machine. I love wasting coins in the machines, just to see whay I can get. There is a surprising selection of iced coffees. I see one called “Deeppresso.”
It’s so sad!! This drink will put you right over the edge.
I grab the can. It’s hot!!! What the?? Hot coffee in a can? I keep the can for a joke. I pick another flavour. Cafe au Lait. I put the coins in the machine, and out comes the can. Ice cold. Huh??
I take a closer look at the machine. It takes me awhile – but I realise that the cans with blue price labels are cold, and the ones with red price labels are hot! Just think, if I hadn’t bought the Depresso as a joke I would have never known.
And near the Koi is a Shrine. I don’t know what kind of shrine. Shinto?
On my way out I see others have tied theirs around trees. Like Edson did in Taiwan.