Yayoi's mother comes from this city of about 350,000 people. It is located on an elongated bay which contains the island of Sakurajima and on it an active volcano of the same name. The ash emitted every day appears everywhere as a coarse black sandy looking ash. We hope to see Sakurajima and the Saisho Shrine which is Yayoi's mother's family name. Today we checked into a weekly mansion (similar to an American bachelor suite). It is suite 401 which means hauling a heavy suitcase up 4 flights of stairs. The pictures include the name of the building and views of the interior and NO we can't afford to stay here long term. It is warm outside, about 15'C and will drop to about 4'C.