The home that we stayed in with Yayoi's parents 30 plus years ago in 1980 and 1983 no longer exists. We went to see the neighbour of the non- existent house who is Yayoi's relative. His father, many many years ago took me for a long walk in the nearby hills. I will never forget.
Big brother Hiroshi lives in the older part of town as can be seen by some of the photographed buildings.
Komatsu's claim to fame is Dahlia Park which used to be an easily accessible park, but now has an entrance gate and admission fees. Next door is a hot spring resort which is also quite new.
Walking from one end of the old town to the other end brings back many memories and we are almost able to get lost. I remember there used to be a department store (I called it the 'S' store) and when Yayoi's mom and we walked into the store and began browsing, I suddenly realized something was happening. All the people in the store realized there was a "gaijin" or foreign person in the store and they were all in shocked motionless silence. This is not likely to happen anymore, but the "gaikokojin" or foreigner is still noticed.
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