Spotting a happy little bear in Akita.
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On day two of our tour of Sado we were taken to Oji, a little town in the south to take a turn about the waters in a traditional boat.
When we arrived they turned on some old Japanese music, somewhat muffled, that piped around us as we paddled. Pretty darn cute.
Our captain for 20minutes, in the infamous barrel boat hat.
In the lovely clear Sado water we could spot little fish and bioluminescent jellyfish.
Saturday, July 9, 2011
The last activity Chikako had planned for our first day, was a walk around the coast to Futatsugame - a rocky craggy area that looks like two turtles.
The coastal walk was delightful with lots of rockpools, those cheeky little funamushi, and we came across two lovely little shrines tucked into caves/crevices.
When we arrived at the two turtles we kicked ourselves for not bringing any togs - the water was super clear and extremely inviting.
After the glass bottomed boat ride we snacked on some frozen persimmon before heading to the northernmost part of the island where the wild lilies, Tobishima-kanzo, were in bloom.
(Oh and did you know large flowers of the lily family are called licorices? - I did not!)
It was nothing less than spectacular.