If you’ve ever had the pleasure of using a public washroom in a public park in Japan, then you’ll understand these pictures.
The view from the urinal.
The view from outside. I used the urinal in the middle of the doorway.
Some public washrooms in Japan are so public that anyone could walk by and see you taking a pee.
If you want to know something even worse, try using the public washroom at Kinomiya Station in Atami. It’s unisex. One wall has many urinals, while on the opposite wall are toilet stalls. Men and women both use this washroom. Also, the doorways are so big that the entire inside of the washroom is visible from the ticket gates for the station. Anyone can see the men taking a pee.
Also, you may be surprised when in the public men’s washroom anywhere in Japan when a female cleaner comes in without making sure it’s empty. And it seems no one cares if she’s in there, either.
How would you feel in this situation?
Yesterday was Kodomo no Hi (子供の日) or Children’s Day in Japan. It’s a holiday that celebrates children and their happiness. During this holiday, people string up carp flags/streamers, or koi nobori. Basically, they’re a kind of wind sock. I visited Shirahata Shrine (白幡神社) in Fujisawa, near Fujisawa-honmachi Station, and was treated to a large number of very big koi nobori. Have a look.
The shrine gate.
Those are some big streamers.
Caught in the wind.
Going up to the main hall.
The main hall with glare from the sun.
Koi nobori from the main hall.
I hope all the children will be strong this year.
This picture shows just how beautiful it is right now. There are some trees that are nearly in full bloom, but most are still just starting out. Next week, the trees will be in full bloom. It’ll be great for pictures!
It’s sakura time!
This morning, on my way to work, I encountered this little guy:
Holy crap! It’s huge!
It was a grasshopper, and boy was it ever big. It was about 4 or 5 cm long! I’d never seen a grasshopper that big before. I’ve mentioned before that Japan has a lot of large, creepy animals. I just hope I don’t run into a Huntsman spider.
Anyway, Exploring Gifu will be coming tomorrow night.
Today, as I was going shopping, I happened upon a pleasant surprise. It was Kawazuzakura, or Kawazu cherry trees. This variety is from the Izu Peninsula of Shizuoka, and is a bright pink. It blooms from late February to mid-March. Very nice surprise, don’t you think?
It’s been a long time since I posted about Tsujido Seaside Park, but this is part 2! It was October 19th of last year, and we’d just left the park to walk along the beach. So, we followed a path along a river. I’ll just let the pictures speak for themselves, as there’s not much to explain. So, enjoy!
Graffiti under the bridge.
It was a sunny day, so great reflection off of Sagami Bay. You can see the Izu Peninsula in the distance.
There were some incredible waves at the beach that day.
There’s Enoshima in the distance.
These fences are wind barriers to keep the sand from drifting. My wife is the small figure on the beach.
A kite posing for me with some great waves in the background.
Another picture of the kite looking away.
Getting closer to Enoshima with some nice waves and clouds.
Same location, but more waves.
Near the mouth of the Hikiji River, I got some great reflection pictures. This is the first.
I caught some rays through the clouds.
More rays with the Izu Peninsula in the distance.
Some great waves. They were pretty big that day.
I think this was the best picture of this set. An amazing spotlight on the bay.
And that’s it for the beach. I think the last photo was the best. What do you think?