WLJT: Day 26 (Kawazu)

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My day was originally supposed to start with a visit to a park to see susuki, or pampas grass, with a view of the ocean, but something got mixed up in the schedule, so my guides asked me to just meet them later at a small wasabi farm in town. I decided I probably had just enough time to see the pampas grass anyway, so off I went in a hurry to the park for just a few pictures, then high-tailed it back to town to make the meeting place just in time! From there, I had the opportunity to learn a lot about how wasabi is grown, make wasabizuke to take home, and see a few more of Kawazu’s famous waterfalls. You can read more about the day on the official WLJT website here, and as usual, here are a few more pictures from the day:

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Morning views of oceans of pampas grass!

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And views of the real ocean too, of course! It was rushed, but worth the visit!

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Then, wasabi

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Washing the grown plants

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Water is the key ingredient here

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All in a row

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Its really all about the water

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Speaking of water…

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The two characters have statues all around, and are from a famous TV drama and story

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Lots of water

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Lots of waterfalls

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And one very interestingly-shaped bridge

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Delicious lunch

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Wasabi ice cream as a snack!

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Trying some local sake during dinner

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Yum!

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WLJT: Day 25 (Imaihama)

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I ended my time in Choshi with another soak in the rooftop baths of my hotel, and a quick look at the pretty white lighthouse before heading on a long drive towards Shizuoka Prefecture and the Izu Peninsula. I took a route that passed through the amazing underground tunnel beneath Tokyo Bay from the edge of the Chiba peninsula down to Tokyo, then through Tokyo to Shizuoka, and back onto another peninsula to the very edge at Imaihama, where I was staying at a fancy hotel that night right on the beach. I didn’t do much more than driving, but there were a few interesting stops along the way!

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One last soak!

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Pretty white lighthouse and blue sky!

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The white post box is pretty unique, too!

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Passing by Inubo Station one more time, and got lucky just as a train pulled in!

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Looking back toward Chiba before heading under water into the tunnel… this is a giant rest stop just before the tunnel starts

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Suddenly there’s just water! It’s pretty amazing!

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Quick lunch and enjoying some art at the rest stop before continuing on

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A brief stop at a waterfall before checking into my hotel, as the area has a lot of them

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My super fancy hotel!

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Big room for one person

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Great views for sure!

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The Halloween decorations were pretty cute

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Of course, I had to get some beach time

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I always went to Pensacola, Florida to visit my grandparents for Thanksgiving, so beaches in autumn are kinda my thing

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Last but not least, my VERY fancy dinner and dessert!

WLJT: Day 24 (Choshi)

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Another busy day, this time in Chiba Prefecture’s Choshi, where soy sauce connects all the different products the city is famous for. Read more about my day in Choshi here on the WLJT official blog, and here are some more pictures from the day:

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First stop of the day was the fish market to see the day’s catches and auctions

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Fugu (blowfish) anyone?

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My pass for walking around the fish market… you can’t just go in, you know!

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Tuna auction, which was almost finished as you can see by how empty the place is!

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Tuna sold

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Back to the fish market for a few more glimpses of catches coming in

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I had fun with the kinmedai machine, which sorts automatically by weight evenly into bins

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Next up, how soy sauce is made at a factory

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The giant soy sauce-fermenting kegs

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They’re pretty huge!

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Lunchtime!

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A chance to eat some of that delicious tuna I saw earlier!

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Next, retro trains of Choshi from a station located inside another big soy sauce factory… you can really smell it!

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“Where would you like to go?”

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Guess who’s driving?

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I had fun.

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Taking a ride on the line

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All aboard!

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This is the Halloween version train

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Inubo Station, the closest to my hotel

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Time for nure-senbei making!

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“Nure”-ing the senbei as it finishes.

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I really liked these a lot, they’re delicious!

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At the end of the line is the iconic train from my postcard, a little worse for wear…

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But there’s a museum inside that is interesting!

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A few more views of Choshi as the afternoon draws to a close from a 360 viewpoint museum

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One side of Choshi

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Looking toward my hotel and the sea

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Time to get a close-up of a few more sights before finishing up

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Famous cliffs

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Lovely ocean views!

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“Inu” is dog, so how Inubosaki got its name, from this dog-shaped rock. Can you see it?

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*as we are driving around* Me: “WHAT IS THAT and can we go there?”

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Amazing!

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I love unique little shrines like this one!

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Cabbage is also famous, by the way

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My dinner

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With some of that kinmedai from earlier! Hello again!

A busy but amazing day!

WLJT: Day 23 (Inubosaki)

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My next destination was pretty close to my previous one, and in an area without a lot to see, so most of the day I spent doing laundry before driving straight to Inubosaki on the Chiba coast. Luckily, there were some nice views around the hotel!

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Most of my day

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A really fancy hotel!

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These traditional fishing flags are so cool!

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My room!

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The Inubosaki Lighthouse

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Another rooftop soak!

Not a very exciting day, but laundry is always necessary on the road!

WLJT: Day 22 (Hitachi Seaside Park)

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My day at Hitachi Seaside Park is pretty well documented in the blog post of the WLJT official website here, so here are just a few extra pictures I liked:

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Cosmos and Kokia

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Bright red bushes

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Looking out over the park

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Or to the ocean beyond

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So. Many. Cameras.

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Bee!

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I think this tree was planted solely for the contrast

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A different area, these are also cosmos

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Three colors of cosmos!

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My second favorite area of the park, the sand dunes

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After the park, Oarai Shrine on the water

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The main building

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Then down

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To the torii gate on the rocks

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So pretty!

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Wine with dinner