Saturday, Sept. 16 
Viking breakfast 
  In Japan, a "Viking" meal means a buffet, all you can eat. At Jigoku Onsen, after a wake-up bath, we loaded up our compartmentalized lacquered trays at the buffet, and there was more food at the table: eggs to be fried over the coals in individual ceramic plates with covers, nato (fermented soybeans with raw egg, in little plastic containers like yogurt cups), and, of course, miso soup, and rice and nori (seaweed).
  After breakfast, Kazuko and Neal drove to the Kumamoto airport to pick up Ardinal, an Indonesian colleague of Neal and Rick who had been in Osaka for work the past couple of weeks and had work to do on Shikoku (the island where Neal lives) during the coming week. Meanwhile, Rick and I did some laundry. 
Ardinal, Rick, Neal and Kazuko outside our cabins at Jigoku Onsen resort. 

Neal and Kazuko are imitating Rick's typical rigid pose, while Rick is trying to look relaxed.