Bloomin’ Azalea Bonsai

For two days in a row I tried to decipher the words of the Japanese train announcer as he quickly announced the specific train stops while riding the railway to Kyoto with my friend.  The one phrase I finally understood was “Omi-Hachiman, Omi-Hachiman desu,” roughly translated into English as “the next stop is Omi-Hachiman.” Although we did not get off the train in Omi-Hachiman, the announcer’s rhythmic words stuck in my head like a catchy little tune. Continue reading