I had my curtains closed last night, so was thrown for a loop when I stepped out of the house for work this morning.
There’s a really light rain right now so it’s unlikely to stick around.
I volunteered to help run a New Zealand booth at an international event! I ended up on live (prefectural) tv and met loads of cute kids, but two made my weekend:
-kid one (no older than eight) marched up to our table with fierce determination and seized the kiwi plush toy we had displayed there and told me “it’s a kiwi.” He then told me that they’re nocturnal, can’t fly because tiny wings, and have nostrils on the tip of their beak to sniffprobe for worms in the soil. I have never been more ecstatic to learn about birds.
-kid two came near the very end of the session, when we’d run out of the craft supplies for our main activity. He had no idea what a kiwi was but was keen to draw one, and then he saw the bird photos I’d taken and wanted to draw them too.
It’s been an unseasonably warm week or so in Miyazaki; I’ve heard bugs chirping at night which is weird, albeit pleasant.
Finished up the trip with a dip in some hot springs. This one was partway up the mountain and had some kind of mineral content which made the water look sky blue. This steam-spewing rig was presumably the main borehole.
Kiss fish! These things feel so weird
Emperor’s birthday morning, Yufuin
Store manager Ashoo
Cool sculpture somewhere in Kagoshima, surrounded by fields of tea.
The aforementioned poster. The contestants are divided into West and East teams, though the only distinction of a team is that they’re the guys you’re competing against for the best win rate (the final is best rikishi in East versus best Rikishi in West), while the rikishi in the opposite team will be your opponents.