I don't have any idea what is going on but for the second
time this whole blog entry has disappeared! We need a
miracle to get it back!
If you remember when the last post ended Florrie's sister
Joanne and her husband Alan were visiting from the states.
We had all just watched the Yabusame practice. We're going
to share some of our adventures but not try to put them in any
On the map below you can see the Aomori Prefecture which is
where we live. Misawa is the dark bit on the map.
One day we decided we would take a drive all around what
looks like a hatchet head but is actually the Shimokita Peninsula
Our hope (especially Joanne's) was that we would see some of the
wild monkeys that live on the Sea of Japan (Tsugaru Strait, on the
map) side of the peninsula. We were driving along when all of a
sudden Alan exclaimed, "Monkeys!" and there they were! We
stopped in the middle of the road and took pictures. There were
babies but as soon as we stopped the adults gathered them up
and took off so we didn't get pictures. Still, it was quite exciting.
I always enjoy seeing any type of creature.
We continued our trip as we wanted to show Joanne and Alan the
cliffs of Hotokegaura. This is an eerie but beautiful place along
what would be the blade of the hatchet if this area was really a
hatchet. You can read a little about the place here.
Joanne took the picture of the octopus. We hung out and
watched it for a while.
These pictures are actually from a different visit to the cliffs but
I wanted to show the little shrine in a cave we passed on the way
down and the other one inside a building down among the cliffs.
Pretty much anywhere you go in Japan you see rocks with
messages engraved on one or two sides. Chris and Florrie
never know what they say and I am a quiet fellow so I never
tell. Alan was determined to at least put his toes in the
Sea of Japan!
Alan was determined to at least put his toes in the Sea of Japan!
More places we saw on the trip around the hatchet.
The fish and fist are a sculpture in the town of Oma which is at the
very tip of the hatchet, and the northernmost point of Honshu Island.
The fat naked creature is a tanuki who is very important in Japanese
folklore; if are interested in learning more about them and their
large, famous body part check out this link
We also saw these boats, one still in use and one retired. Can you
read the writing on the bottom boat? Florrie, Chris, Nemo and I
were all here during the earthquake/tsunami/nuclear disaster.
Florrie and I both posted blogs about our experiences. If you'd
like to read them you can check this old post and this one.
This was an exciting and long day for all of us, but the adventures
weren't over yet!
Another day we drove south and checked out the Tanesashi
Coast, as you can see it is another beautiful place.
I understand why Florrie wants to live on the coast when she
retires. I don't like to brag but isn't the world an amazing
place! The Tanesashi Coast is a beautiful area south of
Hachinohe; there is a five km trail which we did not walk
because we had a busy day planned. Florrie has walked
it before and hopes to walk it again.
We also took an overnight trip to Aomori which is
city north of Misawa. On the way we stopped at
the big Buddha.