June 14th, I had finally made it back to Hikone to visit. It’s too bad that it took so long to work times out, and next time I’ll go back sooner. Hopefully, I’ll get a chance to go back before the remaining members of the kendo-club graduate.
Anyway, I was able to meet up with Yasunori in the afternoon for lunch. Him and the rest of the club had just finished a kendo-match. Apparently, Yasunori hadn’t told anyone that I was coming to visit. It was obvious by the looks of comprehension followed by surprise that came over the different members faces after seeing me.
After meeting up with them, Yasunori and I went around Hikone. We also went to this truly amazing 茶店 <tea-shop> on the edge of 彦根城 <Hikone Castle>. It was very cool for me, because such tea-shops aren’t common anymore. Typically, they would serve Dango (see picture) and tea. We also had shaved-ice. They were also special in this, because they made the syrup for this themselves, from fresh fruit. It was delicious. Further, during Sakura season, the shop is surrounded with a beautiful view. While I didn’t get to see this in person, I did see pictures.
We also went over to the shore of 琵琶湖 <Lake Biwa>, the biggest lake in Japan. It’s such a beautiful view from Hikone, especially around Sunset. On that day, the wind was strong and the waves were huge. We got splashed a few times standing at least 15 feet away. This made for a great game (for approximately 5 minutes anyway).
I really liked Shiga while I was there. I should have gone to visit much sooner, and I’ll definitely make sure I get there on my next trip to Japan! Hopefully I can see more of my friends that time as well!