Looking at these pictures reminds me of how wonderful it was to feel a cold breeze graze your skin. Oh, how I miss spring in Japan, even if some days were gray and rainy. We passed by acres and acres of farm land, reaching deep into the countryside. Houses were sparse but the charming sights were abundant. Cozy eateries, rivers, an occasional garden patch, and a quietness that you just can't get any place else. It was like a glimpse of the perfect farm life, my dream. Anyone familiar with Harvest Moon? Ha ha. I visited some hot springs, had my share of inhaling sulfur-filled air (gas that emits hell) and even got to try out some hot spring boiled eggs! Sadly, I eventually had to part with the bucolic landscape. Although making our way back to the city was pretty nice since I got to fill myself up with yummy parfaits almost every time we entered a restaurant. I also got to meet two of the cutest kids ever. There was a boy (who could very well be a girl..) cosplaying as a ninja at Kumamoto Castle. He gave my nephew a paper shuriken, it was so sweet. Then there was Yutsuha/Yudzuha, a little girl who was celebrating her 5th birthday, thus the elaborate kimono. We saw her by a pond feeding some ducks, it was so picturesque. She was like a living doll, we couldn't resist asking her for a photo.