Lake Towada and Oirase Stream

[Taylor]

Today I went with some friends to Lake Towada and the Oirase stream pictured above.  Several photos were taken but the highlight of the day was something unrelated to water or foliage.  As we waited to board a bus by the lake, we met the first student from Japan to participate in an exchange program with the United States at the university level.  She was in junior high during World War II and recalls drastic food shortages and fleeing to the mountains to escape bombings.  Her anger over the war led to an affiliation with a group that eventually started a peaceful international exchange program.  She met her future husband in the U.S., who we also met, and they continue to travel back to Japan from their home on the West Coast of the U.S. to visit friends and family.  It was an honor to meet them.

If you would like to see 33 more photos of our day in the woods, please click here.

I tried to embed the past two flickr slideshows on here but just couldn’t get it to work.  Please let me know if you know any tricks.

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One Response to “Lake Towada and Oirase Stream”

  1. Hiroshima: Peace Park « Pacificloons Says:

    […] We ended up having a conversation with an older Japanese woman and her American husband.  From a previous blog entry: She was in junior high during World War II and recalls drastic food shortages and fleeing to the […]

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