I didn't include any pictures of people, because they are all women in bikinis, and this is a family blog.
I, on the other hand, stayed for another month, visited the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge, had a farewell dinner with the companymen, and then on Wednesday, October first, took the train to the airport and flew to LAX (via Narita in Tokyo). And that was the end of our visit to Japan!
Looking back on our time there, we didn't end up doing many tourist things. We never visited an Onsen. We never even went to a Japanese restaurant on our own (the couple times were all as guests of others). We never stayed in a capsule hotel. We never saw a ninja or a samurai. We didn't end up going to Studio Ghibli, even though that's the one thing that Anna really wanted to do while we were there.
We haven't been back yet, but maybe we'll visit again some time. It certainly was an adventure!