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 side (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.
Do you see the octopus? Joanne took that picture, we
hung out and watched it for a while.
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'm a quiet fellow
so I never tell.
A cedar ball, or sugidama, is how you identify a sake brewery. A fresh sugidama is put outside the brewery when new sake is brewed. As the leaves gradually brown they show the age of the sake.
The top floor was a little sake making museum. Below are the women who helped with our tasting and tour. When we decided it would be fun to add a drop of the water the sake was made with to the sake (like you do with whiskey) they joined in on the tasting.
We also took an overnight trip to Aomori which is
a city north of Misawa. On the way we stopped at
the big Buddha.
He is the Great Showa Buddha of Seiryuji. This statute is actually the tallest bronze seated statue of the Buddha in Japan. We were able to go inside the Buddha and the Seiryu-ji Temple to see some exhibits and to explore the grounds, which were lovely and tranquil.
Because there was no miracle, and this post has