Well we survived the trip to Fukuoka. My son had a great time, especially at the baseball game. I could not believe the level of energy that I saw there.
My wife’s parents were great. They drove us everywhere that we needed or wanted to go. We were lucky that the rail line and a small food store were close to my Wife’s house in Iizuka City.
Here are a few of the things that we did while there:
1. We went to Kumamoto Castle.
2. Bepu hot springs
a. Famous kite shop (hata ya)
b. Peace park
c. Local magician/ psychic (Mr. Toshihide Hisamura) Anderusen
d. Madam Butterfly house (see below)
4. Soft Bank Hawks baseball game (vs. Hanshin Tigers) Hawks Won!!!!
5. Visited a large Buda statue (Nanzouin)
6. Blood Pond near Beppu
7. Some Pachinko
8. Aso Volcano
9. And of course lots of shopping!
Madame Butterfly’s house (Glover Garden (グラバー園 Gurabāen?) is a park in Nagasaki, Japan built for Thomas Blake Glover, a Scottish entrepreneur who contributed to the modernization of Japan in shipbuilding, coal mining, and many other fields. In it stands the Glover Residence, the oldest Western style house surviving in Japan and Nagasaki's foremost tourist attraction.
It is located on the Minamiyamate hillside overlooking Nagasaki harbor. It was built by Hidenoshin Koyama of Amakusa island and completed in 1863. It has been designated as an Important Cultural Asset. As the house and its surroundings are reminiscent of Puccini's opera, it is also known as the "Madame Butterfly House." Statues of Puccini and diva Miura Tamaki, famed for her role as Cio-Cio-san, stand in the park near the house. This house was also the venue of Glover's meetings with rebel samurai particularly from the Chōshū and Satsuma domains.
Can’t wait until the next time!