In Shikoku – Around Takamatsu


As we had some days left before our planned trip to the island Naoshima we tried to explore Shikoku (or at least the North eastern part of it) a bit more…

This led to the experience (once more…) that Japan can be quite strange for us. They worship or praise places which seem rather simple to us like this one here where there are some 4,000 pines on sand. Well… Pines, sand – welcome to the Baltic States Zwinkerndes Smiley Would you like some 40 million pines? Smiley

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But you have to admit they are very proper people – harking sand everywhere on the territory…

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Even providing this for the innocent wanderer – we had to play anarchy. Sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves…

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And yes, they are precise – I just wandered why they didn’t put the centimetres on? Smiley mit herausgestreckter Zunge

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Regardless – the temple at the end was nice and the pig-dog (no it’s supposed to be a fox I guess…) as well

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It’s blooming season Smiley

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Japanese school excursion

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Another evening we went to a small finger on the island which had no big roads (hard to find) and the pilgrim path as well.

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There we discovered another side of Japan we hardly ever had seen before and were absolutely stunned and amazed by. Peace, tranquillity and just silence…

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The small shrine was so nice

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Just old (sometimes abandoned) houses

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With the old structure clearly visible

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And well manicured pines

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And suddenly – nothing… Just a simple path through the woods. For Japan this is the big “terra incognita” or even better “hic draconis”

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Those flowers we have never seen before

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Reaching temples is always an arduous task…

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Wonderful old head stones (well, woods actually Zwinkerndes Smiley)

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The view from the top was very nice

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And on the way back the sunset kicked in

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turning everything into a wonderful pastel coloured image

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The other side of Japanese life and culture…

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micro hothouses Zwinkerndes Smiley

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volcanic landscapes

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just over the breakwater

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The next day we took a trip to the dolphinarium where we once more were mesmerized by the uncanny ability of Japanese to translate directly to English…

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The good old “Bundt cake” (Gugelhupf in German)

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Just kidding and joking…

This was the reason were here for:

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She allowed a stroke as well

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Nice Japanese motive

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Being on the 88 temples island we had to visit one more… This time the last one (the 88th – where 8 is a lucky number in Asia this is double luck)

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nice claws dude… Zwinkerndes Smiley

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Pilgrims in complete outfit

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and the whole arrangement

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It was flowering season

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Huge ones…

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And the Japanese go crazy once more Zwinkerndes Smiley

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Well, we too…

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Checking the view

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Cherry blossom – the other big folly of Japan

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A real late one

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Gorgeous bud

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And a rather creepy one, too. As Japan has loads of butterflies, there are loads of caterpillars as well… (there have to be Zwinkerndes Smiley). What makes them a bit annoying is that they hang on small silk threads from the trees and wherever you walk you are covered by them pretty soon. And some of them even bite – nasty greedy beasts.

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Like this one here…

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As we had some time left before our ferry we went to the open-air museum to experience one of these rope bridges. Nothing for the faint-hearted I have to assure you.

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Looks nice, is tricky…

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Another interesting fact, when wandering through the museum and seeing the old houses, came up. Most Japanese admire and adore the “old times”. But they always forget that in the “old times” their lives pretty abysmal – no rights, no food (starvation was the norm), tough work, tough nature… Well so much for “the good old times” – easily forgotten Zwinkerndes Smiley

So perhaps this is a reason why everybody clings together even if there is enough space around. Everything very well organized and social control in place…DSC_6050

Another example of Japan for you:

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Dust off after leaving the park Zwinkerndes Smiley

Having a bit of time left we visited the other attraction of Takamatsu – it’s park. Technically the biggest in Japan, but that usually is just a classification without meaning. We simply admired the trees

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Tenderly cared for

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And as usual the wonderful bridges

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With the ponds and the unavoidable Japanese tourist group being taken around in boat… (the lake has perhaps 10,000 m² Zwinkerndes Smiley)

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Another example of artful trimming

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A picture in itself

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And at least one person who did the right thing – relax!

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