Steam Whistle. Brewery

 Good morning everyone,

It's looking like you've got a typhoon coming your way, please be careful. In Hiroshima, we've been so spoiled over the last 10 years or so, that we've become a little less worried about them. The one that just hit Tohoku is a good reminder that we shouldn't take for granted that they won't hit Hiroshima. As for the weather here, it's cooling down quite a bit, but it's still nice. We're expecting a high of around 24C today, but it'll feel warmer with the humidity.

Yesterday, I made it to the Steam Whistle Brewery for a tour. It was fun. It wasn't very long-45 minutes or so-and it was more about that particular brewery and its history than it was about brewing beer in general. It 's definitely worth it though. It's only $10 and you get a bottle of beer to begin with and a small glass at the end of the tour. For an extra $5, you can get a beer glass and I was really tempted, but I figured it had a really low chance of actually making it back to Japan in one piece.

I bought a bottle opener though. And, even though I don't really need one because we tend to only buy cans in Japan, I'll still take it back to Hiroshima and try to make it into a fridge magnet.

The rest of the day I spent just walking around the lakeshore and Queen's Quay (it's pronounced 'key'), which is really nice and developed now compared to when I was a teenager. Back then, it was mostly rundown factories and old, abandoned shipping yards. Now, there are shops, pubs, walking paths and upscale condos. It's a nice place to go for a walk or stop on the patio for a beer.

Today, I'm taking it easy in the day-my feet are a little sore from all the walking I've been doing-and tonight, I'm going to meet up with a couple of friends for dinner.

Again-keep an eye out for the typhoon-it's headed your way and it'll get to Hiroshima around the 4th...and have a great day!

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