Today it was sunny but very cold by the strong north-east wind.
When we have such wind the nearest sea has good condition for windsurfing!
By the way it was the last day of Black Ship Festival today.
When I went to Izukyu-Shimoda station some people were welcoming visitors with the clothes of Edo period.
The 79th Black Ship Festival started today, and the firework display took place at Shimoda harbor tonight.
As we had only 2 guests tonight I went to Shimoda harbor to see the firework display with them and my family.
I don’t know why ,but I thought it was much better than usual.
It was sunny and much hotter than yesterday.
I went to Shimoda for shopping this afternoon, and I took a picture of the beach and the city.
Shimoda city has already been ready for the Black Ship Festival on this weekend.
Our customers from France asked me to have making Soba (buckwheat noodle) experience before coming to Japan.
So I went to Kazono district in Shimoda with them for its workshop today.
It was the first time for me to make it, but I was really excited with them.
The handmade Soba was chewy and of course it was delicious!!
When they were making Soba they said that they would be going to buy rolling pin, Soba knife, Soba ball and everything to make Soba in Tokyo and take them to France!!
(Soba making teacher doesn’t speak English…..)
Last night my son and I departed from our house at around 10:00 PM, and drove to Mt. Daruma rest house at western side of Izu peninsula, where we can see Mt. Fuji and slept in our car there.
This morning we expected to get the view of Mt. Fuji from that point, but we were not able to see clearly because of clouds.
After that we started to drive again to the southern part of Izu peninsula.
On the top of mountain there still were a lot of snow after snowing 3 days ago.
And we were able to see the beautiful cherry and rape blossoms on the river side in Matsuzaki town on the way home.
Izu peninsula is not so big but it’s very interesting, because we are able to see both of the snow on the top of mountain and the cherry blossoms on the same day.
If you walk in the city of Shimoda, you should see under your feet.
Every manhole in Shimoda is designed with Black ship.
And you are able to find out the old type mailbox and Namako wall of warehouse at many places in Shimoda.
My family and I went to the nearest shrine “Shirahama Shrine” on January 3rd after busy days.
Most of Japanese go to shrine at the beginning of new year to pray for good health and happiness.
It calls “Hatsumoude” in Japanese.
This shrine is very famous for its long history more than 2,600 years.
That’s why this place always is crowded with a looooot of visitors in the morning on January 1st.
I took this picture when I came back from Shimoda this early evening.
We have Shirahama shrine festival this weekend, but unfortunately it would be rain by typhoon today and tomorrow.
We have this fireworks display every summer.
This video was taken at the end of the display.
All of our customers came and stayed for this tonight, and all of them were deeply moved by this firework display.
I went to Shimoda park on a date with my wife and daughter this afternoon.
Shimoda park is very famous for the hydrangea blossoms, and the festival is taking place from June 1st to 30th.
When we went there the hydrangea is now fully and beautifully blooming.
You can see 20 pictures of this festival on our Facebook album.