I miss the friendliness and warmth of Kagawa and its people. I miss peacefulness and pitch black streets, and the rice fields. I also saw Shikoku from a much different perspective; I cannot believe I used to run by the Marugame harbour all by myself late at night and drunkenly ride my bike at 3am. I was a lot more careless and naive. I showed my old apartment to my boyfriend, and the places I used to ride my bike and hang out. It was quite amazing to do so, as I've always wanted to share that part of my life, and I think it's surprising for him that I lived there for a year. It felt really wonderful to be there with him, as I never thought that would happen (yes, it got that lonely).
I felt really sad to leave. Shikoku is my first home in Japan and it was such an important part of my adventure in Japan, probably because it was so challenging. I love going back now and seeing it with a fresh perspective, and finally appreciating that small prefecture and its amazing residents.
|The yellow noodle of 'happiness'|
|Shikoku has many outdoor bathrooms I noticed|
|Those candies are particular to Kagawa,|
used for weddings. Anyone know the name?
|Marugame station, still the same.|
Please never get automated gates! xo
|Spicy ginger tea at Taupe cafe, the best in Japan|
|My oldest Kagawa friends|
|Three years later, with Shinya, the owner of Taupe|
and his collection of animal pens. Nostalgia!
|First time I fly to Shikoku|
|My lovely udon sensei|
|Naoshima cat cafe|
|Knackered, cold and wet on the ferry ride back|
|Lion-dori, sketchiest place in Takamatsu|
|The beautiful Seto Inland Sea|
|Goodbye, Shikoku, from the airport|