Since I finished my Nagoya posts I can finally move on to the excursions that the kareshi’s parents had planned for me. Honestly, just being in Japan was more than enough for me… so having the kareshi’s parents set up places to go, hotel rooms, things to see and do, with transportation and all other logistics planned for me to enjoy Japan was just really amazing. I really could not have asked for better hosts/people to spend my time with in Japan. I keep saying this repeatedly, but the kareshi’s parents are the nicest people on this planet!
The kareshi’s parents had planned for me to visit a really huge shrine in Mie. There were a ton of people, tons of food, tons of shopping, and tons of walking. The scenery was so beautiful, and my pictures do not do Mie any justice. We walked around the shrine for quite some time, prayed, ate some really delicious noodles, and generally enjoyed our time there. It was an amazing experience and I’m so glad that the kareshi’s parents took me here!
伊勢神宮 / Ise Jingu Shrine
This was probably the shrine that I prayed the fastest at. Everyone was basically at this location to pray at this shrine in particular, so we had to wait in line a bit then quickly do our prayers and walk away. I think that we did our prayers so fast that we forgot a few steps and did them in the wrong order lol
This happened during a restroom break. The kareshi was explaining to me that people around the world pay $10,000-$20,000 to have one fish! I really didn’t believe him at the time, but after being in Japan for a while I totally believe him now.
These next few pictures below are of the hotel that the kareshi’s parents booked for us. I was blown away by the kindness of the kareshi’s parents! This hotel was really nice and on top of a mountain! The view was breathtaking and everything else was perfect! I still can’t believe that the kareshi’s parents booked this trip for me. I am still beyond grateful for their kindness.
I really couldn’t tell you exactly what I ate, but everything was ultra good! I think this was a 7 course meal and of course I couldn’t finish it…again 😦
From what I remember, the above picture has fish sperm (my favorite) & cheese with baby anchovies and seaweed (the rectangle at the front haha.)
Apparently, this was shrimp and not a lobster. The kareshi and his parents would try their best to translate what I was eating and when they told me that this was shrimp I tried to explain that shrimp aren’t this big and that this must be a lobster. They told me that lobsters have a huge claw and that shrimps didn’t & also some other reasoning that proved this was indeed a huge shrimp and not a lobster!
This was dessert! The white circle at the front of the plate was a cookie, the red stuff a jello from a fruit topped off with gold foil, and I don’t remember what was on the soup spoon.
These last photos are the view directly from our hotel room’s window. I loved everything about Mie and really appreciate the kareshi’s parents for letting me enjoy another piece of Japan. I always gave the kareshi’s parents a gift after every trip, but unfortunately I have forgotten what I gave them for this trip…
The next trip will be Kyoto!