The Japanese countryside was beautiful. The terrain was mostly mountains with lower lands on the coasts. We were located near the coast and we could look out at the Inland Sea and see many Japanese islands. There were forests and bamboo groves and many farms in the area.
Bob's car had been shipped over to Japan so we had transportation. On weekends we would drive around and just explore the country. We visited small villages where we would shop. On one trip my Mother bought all of us kids a silk Japanese jacket. They were baseball style jackets, with Japanese designs embroidered on the back. Mine was a black jacket with an embroidered tiger. We also got kimono's and I got a Japanese doll.
We visited shrines, rice paddy's and gardens. Bob spoke a little Japanese and my brother and I were learning a few words also. The Japanese people were warm and friendly to Americans and genuinely appeared to really like us. One day we came across a wrestling ring and witnessed several sumo wrestlers in a match against one another. We just sat and watched for about 15 or 20 minutes.
The climate was moderate and there were many small earthquakes. As a Californian, I was used to earthquakes, but Japan seemed to have even more quakes than California. It was winter and I really wanted snow, but since we lived on the coast, snow never came.