Sunday, August 9, 2015

Kotogahama Beach Sunset


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Kotogahama is yet another of the fine beaches we have here in Iwami. Its located just before Niima. Like most of the beaches there are few people. We went there to watch an evening concert in a small cafe on the beach.

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The beach is home to "singing " sand that was the inspiration of the nearby Nima Sand Museum. Actually the sand squeaks as you walk on it, but if you have heard any J-Pop then you know singing and squeaking are synonymous.

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Living as we do in a narrow valley, sunrise and sunset is not something available to us, so I spent a lot of time watching the sun go down.

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

More Fudo statues at Taikoiwa Fudoson


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Along the path leading up to the giant cliff-carved Fudo Myo were dozens and dozens of other statues, a few of which were also Fudo....

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Here are 6 of them.
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Located on Mount Kurokami near Arita in Saga, it is about 400 meters altitude

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Monday, August 3, 2015

Okinawa World


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Okinawa World is a theme park at the southern end of the main island. It is very touristy and really is only worth visiting for the Gyokusendo Cavern.

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Lots of traditional houses and crafts etc plus music and food..... lots of ways to spend money

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It was the first time I saw reference to Kijimuna, a small, red haired, forest sprite....

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They also make Habushu, the alcoholic drink made with poisonous snakes....

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There is a small museum that actually had some good exhibits.....

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