I recently found out that Jet Star has budget flights in Japan and I decided to take advantage of cheap flights to go to Kyushu and Kagoshima in particular since I'm on summer vacation and have few responsibilities. Surprisingly the day before I arrived the volcano on Sakurajima erupted. However, it wasn't as bad as I expected since my only other experience was Mt. St. Helens in Washington state.
Here's some more evidence on the flowers.
Some Tokyo folks will recognize this shot bar's name.
Tenmonkan Arcade in the late afternoon.
A statue of Saigo Takamori.
Kagoshima Chuo Park.
Shirokuma shaved ice with condensed milk, various fruits and sweet beans.
Local pickles and beer at Rib & Grill.
Black pork (butt).
Black pork shabu shabu at Wakana.
There's minced black pork in there.