February 27th- Japan

Patrice and I got up early to catch the first hydrofoil ferry from Busan to Fukuoka, the nearest Japanese city to Korea. Fukuoka is also famous for being the home to some of the best Sumo wrestlers in the world but tickets to any of the events are rather expensive and we decided to skip it.

The hydrofoil ferry ride deserves some mention as the boats are super fast and literally lift up off of the water and glide on top. Three narrow rudders protrude from the boat down into the water and the boat screams across the channel. The whole trip only takes about 2.5 hours. Luckily the sea was very calm that day so the trip was pretty smooth. This would not be the case on our return ferry where I became rather ill from the rough waters. More on that later…

Here is Patrice enjoying the natural high of visiting a new country for the first time.

It took me sometime to get used to traffic coming at me from the right when I cross the street but I managed somehow. The weather was not too cooperative though and it rained at some point on most of the days that we were there. Never stopped us from going out or enjoying ourselves though.

This was our first meal in Japan. Yummy udon noodles.

Other than Sumo we did not have too much interest in Fukuoka. We had to catch a train anyways. The high-speed 300 mile per hour got us too Hiroshima in no time flat and we quickly went about finding our hostel. The hostel was a nice surprise because, even though it was expensive by international standards, the room was quite comfortable. I maybe as bold to say that it was the most comfortable of my whole trip but I guess they always are when you have company! That pile in the corner is actually our bed. We had to read the instruction the hostel left for us on the table to learn how to make a traditional Japanese bed.

After getting settled we decided to take a walk around and see what we could before it got too dark. We ended up accidentally finding the A-Bomb Dome, one of the few buildings that “survived” the atomic blast. Our hostel, coincidentally, was located almost directly under “ground zero” where the bomb’s epicenter was.
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After seeing that we both needed a victory drink, fast!

A covered, outdoor, shopping/entertainment district not far from the hostel.


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