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Akashi Kaikyo Bridge - Hyogo

Connecting the island of Awaji and Kobe City which are both in Hyogo Prefecture, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge (明石海峡大橋is the longest bridge in Japan to date. 
Akashi Kaikyo Bridge HistoryPrior to the construction of the bridge, ferries carried passengers across the Akashi Strait. However, the strait is known to be a dangerous waterway which already took countless lives. The most famous of which was in 1955 when two ferries sank in the strait during a storm. This tragedy claimed 168 lives and was said to be what convinced the Japanese government to develop plans to construct a bridge.

However, it took almost 30 years for the plans to come to reality. Construction of the bridge started in 1988 it involved 100 contractors and hundreds of laborers. The bridge finally opened to the public 10 years later on April 5, 1998. The total cost of its construction was estimated to be at 3.6 billion US dollars. 

Upon completion, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge became the country's longest bridge. The total length of…

Japan Diaries 2: Day 10

Day 10 (May 26, 2018)Greetings from Osaka!
The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) predicted that the Kansai Region would be experiencing cloudy to fine weather today. Sadly, my wife and I did not plan anything today as we were still finalizing our plan to visit Universal Studios Japan sometime this week.

However, this day suddenly became special when Mr. Toshi surprised us with an announcement that we're going on a road trip to Awajishima (island) in Hyogo Prefecture and then head to Naruto in Tokushima Prefecture to see its famed whirlpools.

Upon hearing this, my wife and I immediately prepared, and in less than an hour, we were already on the road. Together with Mr. Toshi's wife, daughter, and their dog Yomogi we drove from their house in Kumatori in Osaka Prefecture to Awaji Rest Area in Awajishima Islandin Hyogo Prefecture. Before reaching it we crossed Japan's longest bridge - Akashi Kaikyo Bridge which is also in Hyogo Prefecture. 

Our first order of business after crossi…

Japan Diaries 2: Day 9

Day 9 (May 25, 2018)Greetings from Osaka! Today is a very sunny day. Perfect for exploring the outdoors. 

However, we decided to just stay mostly at home in the morning to rest and wash the clothes we used in Kyoto. My wife also used this opportunity to cook her incredible macaroni soup dish for our Japanese family. 

While she was busy in the kitchen, I accompanied Mr. Toshi to the eye doctor for his checkup. After this, Mr. Toshi and I both excitedly drove back home to try out my wife's dish. I was so happy to hear compliments from Mr. Toshi and his wife while they were trying out the dish. They probably enjoyed it much that they invited us to go to Lalaport (mall) to buy more ingredients to cook more of it that afternoon. 

We had a fun bonding/shopping time with them "hunting" for those Asian ingredients in several stores like Kaldi Coffee Farm and the likes. Sadly, we did not find all the needed ingredients there. Before leaving we had a bit of coffee break at Kurashiki …


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