On August 23, 2012 at about 1130am some lady came running across the yard to our door. It was Noriko Fukuda with Toshiji waiting on the street with the car. When they were sure that they had the correct Okano's (every other family in Komatsuka has the surname of Okano), Toshiji drove their car onto the yard. We were very surprised.
We had been doing a bit of translation work for them and now they had come to say thank you. They took us to Narita to have lunch and then we went to the "tera" or temple complex named above. We had always thought that Narita's only 'claim to fame' was the international airport. We would land go through immigration and off we would go to Tokyo. The Naritasan temple is quite a beautiful set of buildings with a "Koen" or park next to the temple complex. A retired person could live close to this and spend many a pleasant hour relaxing here. The temple is very well maintained as a result of the hundreds if not thousands of sponsors listed on stone plaques on retaining walls around the complex.
After spending some time here the Fukuda's drove us to Edosaki where we did a bit of grocery shopping and then they drove us back home with our groceries.
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