Ian has been doing FTAC (orientation for your first base) so I get the car during the day. Which means that I grab my equally adventurous gal pal and we start exploring Misawa. The one thing that I've been meaning to see in Misawa is this Shrine tucked back in these tall woods in the middle of town. We actually found it but it seemed to be closed. But we did walk around the grounds, ring the bells, and donate for our payers.
A this shrine we kind of made things up because there were no instructions in English and nobody to copy. But we paid out yen and got a piece of paper that we unfolded and refolded. There were characters on it that we couldn't read. I'm assuming that they are a prayer to the kami of this particular shrine. Then we tied it to the string with the other prayers.
On the way back from the onsen we got lost. Like really lost - like in the middle of suburbia Japan on one way roads in my huge station wagon. We were weaving and winding around in circles for a good ten minutes trying to find civilization again. Their houses are really squished together and none of the streets are named or straight. On top of that there was not a single flat piece of road, it was all really steep hills that I had to navigate on really skinny roads. It was terrifying. But soon we were back on the main drag going towards the base. Just keep following the water towers. P.S. Don't get off the main roads in Misawa, that causes heart attacks.
Here is the link to the photo album. I've described all the pictures a little better so you get more of a sense of the trip. Misawa Shrine and Komaki Onsen