Stopping for a Spell in Saga City
I really enjoyed my visit to Saga-jo. I came away with an appreciation of the role Saga played in protecting the Nagasaki port. Just the castle (a great deal of which has been reconstructed) made my two day stay worthwhile.
My visit happened to coincide with the exhibition of Hina dolls. What a treat this turned out to be as they were on display not only at Saga-jo but also at Saga Station! Later at the Saga Airport I was equally delighted to be able to interact with Pepper the robot that has been designed, if I recall correctly, with the intention of being a caretaker. Needless, to say, Pepper took care of me, entertaining me for a good fifteen to twenty minutes. Had I not had to board my plane, I could have enjoyed spending more time in Pepper's company.
Looking back, the thing I missed most during my brief sojourn in Saga was the good food that one can usually find just about anywhere in Japan. Admittedly, I did not make much of an effort to seek out restaurants and there were not good restaurants near my hotel. Of course, I found the ubiquitous combini. There were two Family Marts in the vicinity of my hotel and one Aeon Mini Mart (no Seven Eleven or Lawson's).