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Japan - Cherry Blossoms and Tranquility

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Japan & Russia on HAL Westerdam - April 2019

01-Sakaimonato-Stripe

Part 6 - Sakaiminato

Sakaiminato is one of the largest fishery bases specializing in snow crabs. But above all, it´s famous for being the birthplace of Japanese cartoon artist Mizuki Shigeru. 

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Eeeeeverything in Sakaiminato revolves around his „Yokai“ monster characters. A street named after him is lined with over 150 statues of the Yokai.

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Sake is offered in Yokai bottles, pastry is shaped like Yokais and so on.

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As cute as this was, we couldn’t really relate to it while we were there. But now, a few months later, we sometimes think back to that day, and remembering the characters puts a smile on our faces.

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After we had seen all there was to see (which didn’t take long) and decided to take a shuttle back to the ship, we heard about the Yuushien Gardens not too far away. They provided a free shuttle, which left just a few minutes later. So we quickly changed plans and got to enjoy this place of beauty and tranquility.

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The gardens around a pond were beautiful, and despite the cool and grey weather we enjoyed wandering along the small paths. The grey sky even seemed to accentuate the glow of the colors.

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A Japanese restaurant couldn’t be left unexplored, so we decided to have lunch there. It was delicious... but the cold soba noodles didn´t really fill me enough to resist stopping for a slice of pizza at the buffet once we were back on board.

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