Another email to folks in the USA:
Sent: Sunday, June 09, 2013 4:12 PM
It’s 7 am on Monday in Fukuoka. We ran into a scheduling problem with the Materials Science symposium today at Kyushu University and the 5 hour
train ride back to Tokyo. So, we are meeting with their lead professor (Hiroshigi) before the symposium for a lab tour, etc. And then we will travel
~1 hour from the university to Hakata station to catch the Nozomi and another 5 hours from Hakata Station to Tokyo Station. Our hotel tonight is not
far from Tokyo station. We are really looking forward to going home on Tuesday!!
Yesterday was wonderful. Hiroshige’s research group hosted us for the day. They picked us up in the morning and drove us to an ancient shrine
in Kyushu - Daifu Tenmangu Shrine. After that, we drove to the ocean. There was a restaurant one of the students had worked at there. They had a
large room for a group gathering plus a grill. So, Hiroshige’s group grilled lunch for us - and it was great!
After lunch, we drove to a large waterfall - the Shiraito Waterfall. Even in the pouring rain, it was lovely. And the grounds had
a sign with two of the most adorable cows!
I will let you all know when we get back to Golden!
Walking around Kyushu University:
We had a lovely visit with Hiroshige's team - including lab tours. Mike also stayed for a little bit of the meeting that was planned for
that morning. But it was time to head back to Tokyo, so we walked to the bus stop on the university.
But was it the right bus stop? Remember the trip to Yamazaki, where I determined it was important
to learn the Japanese characters for important locations? With that in mind, we had analyzed the characters for Hakata Station. Well,
it all paid off. There were multiple buses that came to that stop at the university, but only one would take us to Hakata Station in Fukuoka, so we could catch the Nozomi train home.
The signs had no English on them, so I had to have faith in my memory of the alien dude next to the swooshy A's, and get on a bus. The bus went through an area like Colfax in Denver,
and I doubted my memory. But I checked with the bus driver, and yes, he was eventually going to Hakata Station. Sure enough, within about 10 minutes we left the street level for the
elevated highway and were on our way to Fukuoka!
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