Arida is a small city in the Wakayama Prefecture, just south of Osaka.
Kade and I took an overnight ship from Pusan, South Korea to Shimonoseki, Japan, where we met up with our friend, Kana. We actually stayed in Arida (Kana's hometown), and then visited the beach city, Wakayama, and Osaka, one of the country's largest cities. I chose to post a description using a couple of e-mails I sent family and friends during our time in Japan.
Here are some images of the magnificent scenery we've seen in Western Japan - specifically, Arida, in the Wakayama Prefecture. It's about seven hours west of Tokyo and 3 hours east of Hiroshima. We arrived by ship from South Korea, and our friend Kana picked us up at the port. Typically, not many tourists visit this region simply because it's not as famous as other parts of Japan, and it's off the beaten path. In a few images I am pictured with Kana, a Japanese friend Kade and I made during our time in Tuscaloosa. Actually, Kana and Kade were classmates. Kana and her family are exceptionally nice, and the mother cooks amazing dishes every night. We have been staying in their very comfortable home in Arida, which is a small, beautiful town known for its annual mandarin orange harvests. Seafood is also a big industry. Kana's home region is dotted with lush mountains and forests, and it has a large river and scenic reservoir in a very natural, peaceful environment. Really stunning scenery. Reminds me of the Pacific Northwest back home. Notice the older Japanese men fly-fishing. They look like they don't have a care in the world, just like folks back home.