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A rural road in Oita Prefecture, Japan— Own Work
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Our route in Kyushu — by Kaito Kikuchi

1日目: 福岡 ・ Day 1: Fukuoka

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Interior of Oigen Ramen Shop, and Hakata-style tonkotsu ramen— Own Work
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View from Fukuoka’s castle ruins — Own Work
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Kushida Shrine — Own Work
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Yasube restaurant — Own Work
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Tulips along the Naka River and Fukuoka after dark — Own Work

2日目:福岡から黒川温泉まで ・ Day 2: Fukuoka to Kurokawa Onsen

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Onimaru Setsuzan-gama (鬼丸雪山・碧山窯) — Own Work
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Our rental car for the week — Own Work
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Udon and Oyakodon — Own Work
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Through the mountains — Own Work
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A rural village — Own Work
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Main showroom — Own Work
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Homemade onigiri and a kiln — Own Work
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A hammer at work — Own Work
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Sun-drying Onta-style pottery — by Kaito Kikuchi
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Entrance to Mother Bakery (left) and the mugwort pastry we purchased (right) — Own Work
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Our onsen room and the hot spring outside — Own Work
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A few shots of our meals at the ryokan — Own Work
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Shot of the room — Own Work

3日目:阿蘇山と黒川温泉 ・ Day 3: Mt. Aso and Kurokawa Onsen

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Mt. Aso from a distance — Own Work
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Beneath the volcano — Own Work
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The active caldera (left) and a view from our hike looking back at the parking lot (right) — Own Work
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Street views of Kurokawa Onsen — Own Work
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Pre-war shrine interior with drawings left by local children (left) and our room at Okyakuya Ryokan (right) — Own Work

4日目:阿蘇市 ・ Day 4: Aso City

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View overlooking the basin to Mt. Aso — Own Work
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Takanameshi at Asoji — Own Work
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Pictures from our walk — Own Work

5日目:菊池渓谷と熊本市 ・ Day 5: Kikuchi Gorge and Kumamoto City

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Kikuchi Gorge — Own Work
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Hotel breakfast — Own Work
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Blooming cherry trees in the rain, Kikuchi Gorge — Own Work
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A small Buddha figurine (left) and the first of three waterfalls (right) — Own Work
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Kikuchi Shrine (left) and my partner’s famous ancestors as anime boys, which we both found hilarious (right) — Own Work
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Kumamoto — Own Work
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Kumamoto Castle’s keep (left) and a damaged fortification (right) — Own Work
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Part of our meal at Sake-to-Meshi Riki — Own Work
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Basashi — Own Work

6日目:熊本 ・ Day 6: Leaving Kumamoto

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“Jersey Milk Pudding Jam” on sale at the high-speed rail station (left) and a Kyushu Shinkansen train (right) — Own Work
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San Diego-based writer. Interested in urban planning, languages, cultures, travel, history, and fiction.

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