20th March #chinadiary

Up at 6.00, leave for Sheminoseki at 7.55 - and a day of spectacular, changing scenery from the train: "rice paddies, mountains, hills, fishing villages, great broad rivers, and the beautiful inland sea... the scenery along the coast is the best I have seen anywhere since I have started."

Then, the last of Japan and onto a passenger steamer for the trip to Korea (not 'South' or 'North' Korea, as the division would not take place for another 23 years). Carl's seemingly iron constitution again takes a turbulent trip in its stride and he slept like a log even though "the boat seemed to be doing its best to stand on its head."

Train route from Kobe to Sheminoseki (Google Maps)