On September 29, 2006, a group of 19 people of the TANNA and TANIMOTO families left Honolulu to Japan with tour escort “B.B.” Itamura from R&C Travel. We arrived in Tokyo and spent two days there with lodging at the Asakusa View Hotel.
While there, we visited many shopping areas. We experienced the Japan subway systems and the charm of Tokyo. More time needs to be spent there. The group size was big enough where we had the use of a regular sized tour bus and had ample room to stretch out, and everyone had a window seat.
We flew out of Tokyo from Haneda Airport and flew to Hiroshima Airport. We spent four days here and visited many places such as the Peace Memorial Park and Museum, Mazda car factory, Hiroshima Castle, and Miyajima Island (Itsukushima Shrine). The two families enjoyed time with relatives and got to know each other a little more. The brave tour bus driver took the group up to the top of Mount Ogon-Zan, where the village of TANNA lays below.
Normally the bus would stop at a lower spot and everyone would have to walk up to the top of the hill. The day was clear and the vista was grand. My high point was the visit to the graves of my grandfather and mother’s families. I think learning to read and speak Japanese would have been a great asset.
The whole group was treated to a visit to Mr. Kawasaki’s Nihojima-mura Museum for a tour of the people who left Hiroshima to come to Hawaii. Although I expected to see materials showing the names of the people and where they came from, the museum only showed artifacts from the era and of some people’s accounts. However, there was a newspaper reporter there who wrote an article on the Tanna Jinkai group.
From Hiroshima we experienced riding the Nozomi bullet train to Kyoto. In the remaining two days, we also visited Arashiyama, Nara and Osaka before returning to Hawaii on October 8, 2006.
Thanks to R&C Travel, their guides and hotel connections, the trip was a great experience. The food, scenery and attractions warrant another visit to Japan!
Photo Above: The Tanna and Tanimoto families at Miyajima Island
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