April 15, 2004: Kurume City
|I started at seven in the morning to attend a meeting to be held today in KurumeCity. Yufuin valley is in the morning mist.|
|I got on Oita expwy from Yufuin interchange. A strange-shaped mountain is in sight soon, Mt. Kirikabu in Kusu town.|
|The road is shrouded in a heavy mist.|
|I arrived at Kurume City earlier than I had expected. The azalea in the park has started to bloom.|
|Today, a meeting will be held here in Kurume Branch to select new leaders. Beautiful flowers are competing their beauty in the vase.|
|The lunch was homemade carefully prepared by the members of Kurume branch.|
|We had a meeting to start this year. Some 50 members including the leaders from several prefecture in Kyushu Island joined the meeting.|
|The meeting was over at 15:30. We had a short review and left Kurume at past four in the afternoon.
Whenever people hear a word "Kurume", they connect it to a word "Ramen", or Japanese noodle assorted in Chinese style. We were one of them.
|I tried seaweed-and-leak Ramen.|
|I got off Oita expwy at Yufuin IC. Mt. Yufu welcomed me and I was relieved to know that I was back home.|