Well, with my last real day spent travelling in Japan (not eating and drinking and shopping in Osaka) was spent in Kyushuu, where I took a little day trip from Fukuoka to Yoshinogari Historical Park in Saga prefecture.
Now, Japan is a country that likes to hide it's past, especially if it's about people who didn't live in proper houses and had no cell phones, and didn't even have swords or nice kimonos. Not even kanji (oh, I would LOVE a kanji-free Japan).
|you're not in Osaka anymore, Dorothy!|
The ladies there spoke no English whatsoever, but they still welcomed this foreign girl in friendly Japanese manner and insisted I wear a silly straw hat (it was early September, the end of summer in Southern Japan).
|too much sun or just my "oh no I have to leave tomorrow" face?!|
|Yayoi people relaxing - not sure who's the man and who's the woman...|
|Yayoi houses - doors were only 1,30m high. Ouch.|
And if you have an interest in Japanese culture and history, but you think there is no way you'll be in Kyushuu anytime soon, check out their website which has lots of great information about the Yayoi - I suggest you start with the trivia section.