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Analogue Adventures – Beppu to Kagoshima 1985 – Day 7

All photos taken on May 17, 1985.

Awakening on the morning of the 17th, we headed for the station to board our train for Kumamoto, where we would transfer to another train for Kagoshima.

View from the window of our room in Hotel Kamenoi, Beppu

view of Hotel Kamenoi from the train to Kumamoto
countryside from train between Beppu and Kumamoto
crops from train between Beppu and Kumamoto
flooded rice paddies from train to Kumamoto
farms from window of train to Kumamoto

It was a long journey, but the scenery was enjoyable. We talked with some college track and field students as we passed Mount Aso, the largest active volcano in Japan (circumference of  the caldera is 125 km). We never saw it, but, we passed by it safely. Likely a good thing.

flooded rice paddies near Kumamoto
flooded rice paddies near Kumamoto
agricultural valley near Kumamoto

At long last, we arrived in Kagoshima, our stop for the next 2 nights. We caught a taxi to take us to our hotel.

When we rolled up to Iwasakitani-so Ryokan (our hotel in Kagoshima), we were greeted by no less than 17 staff members, all bowing to welcome us. We were shown to our room and introduced to our personal room attendant who would serve our meals and make up the futons each night.

Kagoshima City (鹿児島市), is the capital city of Kagoshima Prefecture. Located at the southwestern tip of the island of Kyushu, Kagoshima is the largest city in the prefecture by some margin. It has been nicknamed the “Naples of the Eastern world” for its bay location (Aira Caldera), hot climate, and emblematic stratovolcano, Sakurajima. The city was officially founded on April 1, 1889. It merged with Taniyama City on April 29, 1967 and with Yoshida Town, Sakurajima Town, Kiire Town, Matsumoto Town and Kōriyama Town on November 1, 2004.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Kagoshima and Sakurajima Island (active volcano) from window of Iwasakitani-so Ryokan, Kagoshima
our room at Iwasakitani-so Ryokan, Kagoshima – set up for arrival

We wandered the town a bit and noticed that everyone’s car wore a cloth cover. Naively, we wondered why.

Back to our ryokan, we were excited about our ryokan experience, until supper arrived and we saw it was all raw fish. Although we struggled valiantly, we could not finish it. When our room attendant came to clear the dishes, she was dismayed to see so much food remaining. Trying to be polite, we sheepishly explained that we were very full.

our dinner feast at Iwasakitani-so Ryokan, Kagoshima
dining in progress
our room at Iwasakitani-so Ryokan, Kagoshima – futons spread out on tatami mat floors, all set up for sleeping

Looking at the futon/tatami mat bed, we wonder how we would cope at our age now. We can no longer do floor. 😁


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13 thoughts on “Analogue Adventures – Beppu to Kagoshima 1985 – Day 7

    1. Stay tuned for further developments in the raw fish saga, tomorrow. I do not mind sushi, but it needs to be cooked or veg. I am absolutely certain that the meal the hotel put on for us was expensive and was likely very delicious for the right people. Just not for us. The people in Japan were always polite and helpful. Thanks for reading Kellye. Allan

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  1. Allan, I am eyeing that floor from the same perspective. Given that I have to make a couple of nightly trips and with a very creaky knee – yikes. I wouldn’t be able to do that now. I’m also not much into raw fish, either. I would have found that meal difficult. Great post; thanks for sharing.

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    1. It was a great experience in my 30s but now, I might be able to get down, but likely not back up. I feel really bad about our reaction to the meal, but it was all surf and no turf. Should have asked if there was a western meal option 😊Glad you are enjoying this old journey. Thanks for reading Lynette. Allan

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    1. Train travel in Japan is amongst the best in the world. Fast, punctual and comfortable, and nobody tries to sit in your reserved seat. In 2009, we also saw rice paddies when they were ready for harvest. An amazing crop, but now the Japanese eat more wheat than rice. Thanks for reading Linda. Allan.

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  2. Seeing the rice paddies on a train seems like seeing vineyards go by! That’s strange you weren’t able to finish your dinner. They deliberately have small plates, so you can eat many of them until you are full

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    1. For sure. Though Japanese are now consuming more wheat than rice. As to not finishing the meal, two words “raw fish”. Our unsophisticated palates did not like it. Our loss, as I am sure they were all well prepared and delicious. Happy Friday. Allan

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