Monday, April 26, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
The hills are on fire with azaleas now. It's beautiful, but if you want to see them..... HURRY!
Friday, April 23, 2010
This playground is within the Yoshinogari Historical Park in the Saga Prefecture. It reminds me of Showa Park near Tokyo, minus the flowers.
Entrance into the park is 400-yen for adults. There is more information here.
Looking down from the top of the rollerslide. There is a complex series of nets to climb on to the left.
We were the only ones at the playground, so we had plenty of attention/help. One of the workers made sure we saw these colorful inflatable balls. There was just enough wind to make these a lot of fun. There were several busses of schools there as we were leaving.
That big white thing is not very bouncy, nothing like the fluffy domes. This was more like running across a water bed.
If the playground is your destination, park at the West Entrance, it's closer. Parking costs 300-yen for a normal size car. There was no lot attendant when we arrived, so the park workers had me pay for parking at the ticket window.
English maps are available, but the one I received was a bit out of date, but you won't have any trouble finding things.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
According to the web site, the Yoshinogari Historical Park is "One of Japan's largest moat encircled village and ancient ruins site." That may not tell you much and, unfortunately, I won't either. We mainly went for the park. I'll post those pictures tomorrow.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
Every time we go to Costco in Fukuoka, we like to stop off at this little Bio Park across the street. It costs 300 per person, but if you buy the goat feed in the gumball machine outside the front gate, you may win a free entry. Almost all of the animals roam free here and they are happy that you are there. Very happy if you feed them!
There is a goat sitting on a perch above the birds here.
See the iguana just waiting to be pet?
There are gumball machines set up all over the park where, for 100 or 200 Yen, you can buy a little container of food for the animals. Those are live grubs for the... umm.... I don't think they are prairie dogs, because those were one over. Whatever that little guy/girl was, you can feed them live bugs for 100 Yen.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
I believe this park is within the Karatsu boundaries. It is on the east side of a river... hence the name.
It's not one of the most innovative park in Japan, but it's spread out giving kids an ample area to run and play.
There was a small train track that circled yet another play ground, but the train wasn't running while we were there. Speaking of this... the park doesn't open until 09:00 during the summer. The parking lots are chained closed.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Honor stands are all over, especially in the more rural areas. Farmers set up a little roadside stand and ask that you leave yen in return. I think I've posted them before, but this was the first time I had seen the above set up. You drop your yen for the oranges into that pipe and it goes directly into the house.
Friday, April 16, 2010
I can't say that I've looked very hard, but a simple Google search didn't yield any information about these. I'm not sure if they're only here in Japan or even if they are new here. I had never seen them before.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
All of the other parks we have been to lately have teams of people working to get them ready for the summer.... all except this one. I don't know what the deal is with the Sports Park playground in Hirado, but it is in horrible condition. That slide above is closed and rusty. The rollerslide is roped off.
There were weeds growing up through the rollerslide at the end and nothing indicated any of the playground equipment had been used any time recently.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
When I first saw the name of this place I miss-read the kanji. Kawauchi is 川内. River Meat, to the best of my knowledge, would be 川肉. Now I can't think of it as anything else.
Hopefully you will be able to enjoy the sweeping views. I never will because I'll always wonder what happened to the majestic river cows. The first Sunday every February they have a giant fire that is a popular event to see.
It's part of Sakai National Park. There are trails all over the place on this mountain!
This is the monument to a poet. You can read more about him here.