Sunday morning, 10°C
Already at eight on sunday morning, lots of people were taking a stroll under the blossoms.
Daily photos from Kitakami, a small town in Northern Japan, and its surroundings.
I can't hide this any longer, cherry blossoming has finally arrived in Kitakami.
... to abandon old cars, even though it's in the middle of a lively residential quarter. They don't look particularly old; but they havent' been moved since many months, and have several flat tyres. And while on the adjoining parts of this parking, not the slightest little bit of gras is growing, here nature is evolving almost freely. The owners often don't even bother to remove the license plate. Apparently, the japanese law isn't excessively strict about this kind of delict.
Pet shopping cart in a homecenter in Kitakami.
Our favourite kaiten sushi restaurant in Kitakami (with the very japanese name "Sushi gourmet"). You just pick up what you like from the belt, but you can also order directly through the sushi chef, if you feel you are waiting too long for the dish you are hoping for.
On sunny days, the housewifes drag out all their family's bedding to expose it for some hours to the sun, to get ou the humidity accumulated in the last days. Otherwise, the futon matress and the tatami, on which it is generally placed, will soon get moldy in the humid japanese climate.
In the background Mt. Hayachine, still snow covered.
The gubernatorial race is over, but here and there you still see some placards, like this one from the Democratic Party, matching so nicely with the yellow house.
I have eaten this very special dish for the first time yesterday evening in a small restaurant serving specialities fom Okinawa, the island in the very south of Japan.
... seen (and tasted) in Airinkan hot spring. Slightly salty. Unfortunately I don't know the properties of this water.
Almost everywhere in Japan, you can see pines dying from the pine wilt disease. It is caused by a very small, wormlike organism called the pinewood nematode, Bursaphelenchus xylophilus, and has been introduced in Japan in the beginning of the 20th century. Since then, it has first spread along the coastal areas of Japan, and is now covering almost all areas in Japan, except the cold regions of Aomori and Hokkaido.
I really do like this onsen (public bathing house with hot spring), and perhaps even a little more after reading the english information about this place. I guess they just sent their japanese text through some translating program, and the result is just lovely.
These are the official billboards for the Iwate governor election (taking place on April 8). Every candidate has his designated space. The guy top right is not a manga character, but one of the candidates, "The great Sasuke" . He's a former wrestler, wearing his mask already while acting officially as a prefectural assembly member (with special authorization) - and intends to continue wearing it if he is elected governor. He hopes "to revitalize Iwate" and wants to cut the governor's salary by 80 %.
Can you find it, between the vending machines?