Numazu City :)

Yes, I know I haven’t done part two of Heda yet. But when I find photos of our fishing, it shall be done. In the meantime…. Numazu City is a small city, at the northern end of the Izu Peninsula, a name often heard in guidebooks for onsen (hot springs), and seafood…but a name I’d never heard of until I googled Numazu for its population. Go figure ๐Ÿ˜› Our trip to Numazu started out with a trip to an Izuyashi nut and bolt factory, something I was utterly unenthused about. But it actually turned out to be exciting! They produce self-locking bolts, a product which makes for just a little more safety in big machinery…something I’m a real fan of. And then, in touring the factory, I was really surprised to see how discrete it was. By that I mean there was a single machine for each major job. Just little machines, too, so you could easily walk between them, and keep the work area clean. Another neat thing was that the inspection process is entirely automatised, with a little computer analysing each nut from three vantage points, and sorting out the ones that weren’t up to scratch. ๐Ÿ™‚ The factory also boasted a gym, wherein every piece of equipment was made by the factory, and the equipment was specialised to exercise the soft tissue…or something fancy and sports sciency like that. The gym even had a low-oxygen room for alpine training! Took me back to Dragon Ball days, when Goku fought up in Karin tower, and got super strong just from the high altitude :); Next on the agenda (apart from going to meet the mayor of Shizuoka, which was kind of a big deal, since Shizuoka has the same population as New Zealand), was Gyoshu High School. We were all buddied up with someone, but in true Teresa fashion, I can’t quite remember my girl’s name -_-.(She’s the one directly in front of me in the photo). In any case, I got a bit curious when I noticed that quite a few of the buddies spoke English, so my buddy told me their school has a special bilingual wing! So cool! We got to spend an hour in class-calligraphy, English, economics, Chinese history, or playing the koto (a traditional Japanese stringed instrument that you play with a hard pick thing attached to your finger). So I spent that hour writingย ้“, which means way, or path. And then right near the end I realised I’d been holding the brush wrong -_-. But I gather I’m a bit of a perfectionist, so it looks alright. Next up was assembly, which featured a very long string of 20 second self introductions, some in English, some in Japanese (and with understandably more applause for those in Japanese). It also featured a kendo demo, a dance demo (where a few of everyone got up and joined in :D) and a calligraphy demo, where they used a mop!!! That was super exciting :). Oh yes, and we got three-tiered bento (packed lunch boxes) for lunch! And green tea from Shizuoka, which is famous. I really don’t know anything about green tea, so all I can say is it tasted less like seaweed than other green tea, and more like fish. ๐Ÿ˜› sealing machines factoryfactorybentoImageImage ย  We stayed at Heda that night, so I guess no more need be said there, ay? ๐Ÿ˜›

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