This particular island, once the source of cedar shingles for a large proportion of Japan has now two towns with a total island population of ~13k. Industries are the local chopstick factory, fishing, and the now designated World Heritage Nature preserve which is most of the central portion of the island.  Cedar trees thousands of years old. The options for being on the island were to spend a lot of money to take a tour, arrange a private tour (both of which involved at least an hour drive each way) or just walk around and enjoy myself. Duh…

But first –

there were clouds this morning.

We walked from the ship along the road – across the bridge with inset flower panels –

saw an example of cedar at the school entrance

and wandered back and forth for a while before finally locating what might be called a tourist information center but I am thinking it more resembles a library out front

So, finishing up with the free wifi (thank goodness because AT&T apparently does NOT have any partners here that will connect with my iPhone.)

We will wander further and stop at the Turtle Museum.

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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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