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Ben and I are back in Japan for a few days before we return to America. It's just now setting in that I have to leave this beautiful country, and may not see it for way too long. It's not going to be easy to leave, and I'm glad we get a last hurrah of tourism before we go.
We're staying in a nice hotel in Wakayama, It has it's own onsen (hot spring), which we are free to enjoy as much as we want. They also have massages available, which is very tempting, and incredibly comfy beds.
The view from the castle was windy but spectacular, It was easy to imagine the power a Daimyo felt looking down on his domain.
Here's a video of the festivities at Wakayama yesterday.