where the streets have my name

June 5th, 2013 / by / in: travel / 1 Response

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You probably know that my last name — Kaita (海田) — is Japanese. However, in a country of Takahashis, Tanakas, and Suzukis, my name is quite uncommon. Most people don’t even recognize it as a Japanese name, and I have yet to meet another (unrelated) Kaita. Here’s a list of the 100 most popular Japanese surnames. The top 100 surnames cover about 33% of the population. My name isn’t anywhere even close to being on the list, in fact it’s more like 3700th.

So years ago, when I learned that there was a town called Kaita in Hiroshima with the same kanji as my last name, I made it my mission to someday visit this town with my name. And I finally made it!

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Kaita-ichi (ichi means “town”) is the name of Kaita’s train stop. It’s actually not too far from Hiroshima Station.

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The outside of the train station.

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Kaita is a pretty sleepy little place, similar to any other small Japanese town.

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So basically I just took photos of everything that said “Kaita” on it (in English or Japanese).

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I hunted down Kaita town’s ward office.

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Portuguese Kaita!

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Oh you know, just reading my news.

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And hanging out at my town office.

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Random Kaita town shrine.

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Kaita post office. (No Kaita postcards, just Hiroshima ones.)

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Kaita Public Hall.

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If you need shelter, the Kaita Town Public Health Center is here for you.

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Found another shrine up a very steep set of stairs.

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At the top of the steps.

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Graveyard (no Kaitas here that I could see).

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KAITA.

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It’s my town!

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That’s me.

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We’re covering up the “ichi” part so it just says “Kaita.”

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 Mike wonders where the train is and why we came out to the middle of nowhere for this.


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