Hiro-san enjoyed his visit to the Tower of London

Hiro's dat at the Tower of London

Hiro’s day at the Tower of London

After the beautiful scenic countryside of Kent and Sussex, Hiro-san decided to look around London. He had always wanted to see the Beefeaters at the Tower of London. He wasn’t sure about all those guards so he hid himself on the top of the gates. “What if the Queen of England came along and told the guards to take me Traitor’s Gate?” he thought… “They’re holding some pointy looking spears! Surely I’ll be safe because I’m wearing my Union Jack suit!”

However, he spent the day walking around and enjoyed listening to the funny Beefeater guards who took the tourists around.

Another great day in London!

Hiro-san decided to visit Pooh Bridge today…

Hiro-san is a fan of Winnie the Pooh

Hiro-san is a fan of Winnie the Pooh

Hiro-san continued his tour of England. From a young boy he was a fan of Winnie the Pooh so decided to take a trip down to Hartfield in the beautiful Ashdown Forest in East Sussex. As a child he read all the Winnie the Pooh books by A.A. Milne. When Winnie the Pooh came with his friends they would take a twig from the forest floor and drop them from one side of the bridge and then rush to the other side to see who’s twig would come out from beneath the bridge first. When Hiro-san tried to play he found a little duck collecting the twigs so it could make a next!

Hiro-san was happy though. It was spring and the ducks needed twigs to build a nest  for their eggs to hatch.

Do you know the Japanese word for duck? It’s “ahiru” – アヒル.

Hiro-san visited the North Downs in Kent…

A hat on the North Downs

It was Hiro-san’s first trip to England when he settled in the county town of Kent, Maidstone. He lived close to the North Downs and could easily walk through the wooded countryside that led up the chalky hills. It was a rare, sunny day and trekking up the hills made him sweat in the warming heat – so much so that he had to take his hat off and laid it on the grass.

“So!” he thought, “This is where Mrs Fryer’s class came for a camp! Wow! The rolling hills of the Kent countryside are beautiful! それは本当にきれいです。マタ来ます!!” (Hontoni kirei, mata kimass – It’s beautiful! I must come back!)

Hiro-san’s sightseeing tour to Scotney Castle

Scotney Castle Josh & Roger

Hiro-san is on his travels again! The castles in England are so different to those in Japan, but just like Japanese castles, Scotney has a moat also. It was spring, just a short while after Josh helped Roger, a school bully, and it was at this scene that they both sketched the old ruins. Hiro-san took a stroll around the ruins and really enjoyed his day!

“ああ、楽しかったです!” (ahh tanoshikata dess!)

“Ahhh! That was enjoyable!” he thought to himself as he strolled around.

Hiro-san went sightseeing to Stonehenge today

Hiro-san's missing top hat!

 Hiro-san’s missing top hat!

Hiro-san decided he wanted to go and see Stonehenge for the first time during his stay in England. It was a really hot day and he got so hot that he took off his top hat. Later, as he decided to go home the silly billy realised he’d forgotten where he put his hat!

Do you think a pigeon carried up to the top of one of the pillars?