Shikoku Stonewall Tour 2nd Stop: Tokushima

This just in! The Tokushima Stonewall event was a success! All hands were on deck for coordinating this event—and that’s what made it special.

The group gathered at 1pm. We leisurely enjoyed a chicken-eating festival. Next, we took a boat ride through interesting parts of the Tokushima city. The breeze and low bridges made things fun. As mid-day began, our group familiarized itself with the Awa-odori dance of Tokushima and its museum. Then, as the sun settled we gathered for our main event, the Mystery Dinner. We had a high number of participants in attendance for this part of our day. Without knowing what foods would be served in our course menu, we indulged. The first restaurant was Mexican-style, second was Mediterranean food (I think), and the third restaurant was a calm, antique-type café that served deserts and espressos—all of the restaurants were LGBT friendly, too. I think the best part of the event was the conversations we had with each other. Many of us had our own unique and well-traveled experiences to share. We look forward to enjoying our next event in Ehime-ken!

Shikoku Stonewall Tour 1st Stop: Kochi prefecture

For four consecutive months we are having a Stonewall event in each prefecture. In July we had our first stop, Kochi-prefecture. Stonewall contacted some enthusiastic JETs residing in Kochi and the rest was history (hey that rhymes!). On that day, we combined bowling, fine dining at a great burger restaurant, and the exploration of Hirome Ichiba (famous open food market). As the night winded down we visited a friendly gar bar in the area. The owner was nice, friendly, and supplied us with food, plus a nice environment to hang out. The weekend’s success tasted as good as the takaki (seared tuna well-known in kochi)😗.

Thank you to Casey, Erin, and Rowan for making such a fun Stonewall Kochi event possible! ANYone is welcome to our next event; whether you are part of the LGBT community or a noble ally, please come!

Kochi’s Hirome Ichiba! A bustling open food market with delicious ice cream and Kochi’s famous product takaki (seared tuna).

Purikura time~