Today in Kitakata and Kamikawa
Today has been a pretty busy day. In the morning Kentaro-san and I left for Kitakata to erect one of his statues in front of the city hall. On the way, Kentaro-san has showed me some of his work and a peculiar temple. Once arrived, once again, we have met with the mayor, therefore we began to work. We were there for about 3 or 4 hours, thankfully the weather was not too hot this morning. It involved some heavy duty tools and I got the chance to use some of them. Many people working at the city hall came to greet Kentaro-san and admire his work.
Afterwards we drove to Kentaro-san’s high school where some more of his statues were displayed and nearby we went for lunch. I have heard since last time that Kitakata’s ramen is really famous, and my large portion of “Student Ramen” was absolutely delicious. The shop was very small but packed with customers.
We then drove to Kamikawa for onsen at a small ryokan in the mountains near Agamachi. We were greeted by hosts who are friends of Kentaro-san’s. They have offered us some cold drinks and then we bathed in the onsen pool. The hosts have been really kind and have given me a 2kg pack of rice and Kentaro-san few bags of vegetables.
Today has been one of the most diverse days for me, yet it has been a long day of driving and some work.