We began the morning with a great breakfast at the ryokan, then were off to the Mihara Train Station to begin the day’s march. A man came up to me and introduced himself as Osugi-san, realizing that as a U.S. American at the Peace March, I’d appreciate his t-shirt. His daughter, who goes to university in New York City, bought it for him; it’s a design I’ve seen before and it really is a pretty poignant one!
Keiko-san helped to translate for Manisha and me, and we enjoyed conversation with her, she’s very outgoing and friendly!
In the afternoon we ate bento box lunch and enjoyed a long rest at a Buddhist Temple. It was built in around 1630, and was an incredibly peaceful place, a beautiful structure with lovely view of homes, gardens, and very lush hills. I also enjoyed manju that Takeda-san gave me!
We finished the March early in the day (around 2pm) at the Takehara City Hall, had a quick rest, then I went with a couple other Marchers to an old part of the city right by our ryokan.
We enjoyed dinner at Amano Ryokan and then an early night! Peace!