After eating my big breakfast and doing some schoolwork/studying I decided to go for a walk. My host brothers were both working and my host mother had to work until the afternoon and the weather was really nice so I didn’t really want to stay in. Also I hadn’t really explored the place I was now living in yet. It was time to explore. I had seen a park some way away while driving past, so I headed in that direction. When I found the park I found out that that it was a treasure forest and spa reasort park, so getting in cost money. It turned out that I was quite lucky. As Golden Week was almost upon us I got in for free. There was an onsen there, that I didn’t go to but I did walk around the forest and along the river. It was beautiful and peaceful with only the birds, bugs and snakes as my company. I ended up walking around for two hours. I got my first sunburn that day, the sun being so much stronger here than in Finland.
Once my host mother was free we headed down to see the Hinamatsuri dolls. Hina-matsuri is girls day and usually on this day you take out this collection of dolls, that you put on display for all to see. There are different types of dolls on a platform covered in red. The dolls represent the Emperor, Empress, attendants and musicians. They are all wearing traditional clothes.
I saw some of the oldest Hina-matsuri dolls dating back to the 1700s. Many of the dolls were very beautiful with such small details. but there were even some really scary dolls. My work mates think that the western dolls are scary..
We popped over to a Herb Garden before coming home.There was a foot onsen there! My first taste of an onsen was fabulous with the warm water around my feet and a cool lavender soft ice-cream to eat. A little bit of heaven.
Before I came to Japan I went over to England for a few weeks. There I went to a museum with a friend of mine where we saw these wheelchairs that not only moved on their own but also wrote little notes that they then dropped onto the floor. One of them wrote “Over Asia – to the mists of Spring” This note my friend picked up. The one that I picked up read “ With tulips to the point of Terror” And this place had tulips to the point of terror. So many, all blooming in their different colours. The wheelchair could see into the future, or then it was just a bizarre coincidence…. but then I don’t really believe in coincidences. Everything happens for a reason…
Anyhow… the Herb Garden was beautiful with its massive carp in its pond and the flowers blooming like there was no tommorrow. I had A wonderful day though I turned red at the end of it. On Sunday I went out and bought some suntan lotion. + 50. That sould keep me from burning. ˆˆ