We are finally home and have been trying to get over the jet lag.
We are eternally grateful to you and Hiro-san for the incredible hospitality and friendship you extended to us in Fukuoka.
We will have lasting memories of the unique guided tour into the countryside you and Hiro-san provided us.
We often talked about the wonderful visit to the Kaki farm where we got the opportunity to pick and eat the delicious ripe juicy Kaki as well as the crunchy Kaki. We thoroughly loved the experience of making 2 pieces of pottery guided by the hands of an amazing skilled potter and teacher. We look forward to receiving the pottery, which we know the potter will finish to make them look like professionally created pieces.
We all enjoyed the Fukuoka feast of the “chicken soup”, it was a delicious experience. We also enjoyed the famous Fukuoka ramen, Jan in particular was very pleased. Surprisingly we had the same ramen in Kyoto when a friend of Diane’s nephew, who was originally from Kyushu took us to his favorite ramen restaurant.
Your guided and personal tour of Fukuoka gave us a clear sense of Fukuoka – we could not have had such a special experience without you and Hiro-san.
Hiro-san will be happy to know that when we visited other Temples, we applied the appropriate behaviour and customs he taught us, to show respect at the Temples. Also after Jan rubbed the knees and legs of the cow at the temple in Fukuoka, the pain and discomfort in her knee disappeared the next day – isn’t that amazing?
In summary, our trip to Japan was incredible and very special – meeting so many people who extended their friendship and gave us such wonderful experiences. You, Hiro-san and the Kobayashis are among the best of our memories of Japan. We enjoyed meeting you and developing a friendship that we hope will continue through out our life time.
We would love to have you come to Canada for a visit, so that we can return the hospitality and generosity you showed to us.
Our best regards to you and Hiro-san, along with our most sincere appreciation.