While walking toward Angel rock, Ayako and I observed many locals with feet and hands in the water looking for something. I wanted Ayako to ask them what it was but she thought I had to do some effort if I wanted to know! So I asked the one guy : “kore wa nani desu ka? (What is this thing?). And he told me it was Asari, a small type of shellfish. Later that evening, we went to the local Isakaya to taste the delicious Asari no Sakamushi (Asari steamed in sake)!
One thing I like about small shrines or temples in the countryside Japan is how accessible they are. Contrary to the cities where Temples have their statues behind fences, most precious buildings behind gates and security guards watching you, the small shrines are often more accessible. Sometimes you can even Continue reading Lovely Temple on Shodoshima island
Just before going to see the fireworks in Kamisuwa, we visited the Suwa Grand Shrine before the sunset. Because of the darkness, and a light rain, the site was really empty and we could truly enjoy the serenity of the sacred site.
The Narusawa-Hyouketsu Ice Cave (Hyouketsu = ice) is a natural cave made by the eruption of Mount Fuji in 1864. Ice is present year-round at the bottom of the cave and visitors should expect cold temperatures during the visit! It is part of Japan’s national monuments.