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.
I took this video on last Tuesday at Shimoda harbor.
This is a Shinshin-Kisen boud for Izu islands, which leaves Shimoda harbor at 9:30 AM and come back at around 4:00 PM everyday except Wednesday.
I would like to go to Kozu-shima island, one of Izu islands, by this ferry someday in the future, because we have never been there.
This a video which I took the part of the end of the Firework display of Black Ship Festival on May 19th Friday.
The 78th Shimoda Black Ship Festival was taken from May 19th Friday to 21st Sunday.
The official parade of this festival was started from 11:30 AM on Saturday.
More than 300 people participated this parade.
You can see the picture of this parade on our Facebook.
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We had very strong south wind yesterday, but it was not windy today.
This is one of good view points on Izu peninsula, which is located between Shimoda city and Kawazu town.
If you come to Shimoda by car, you should take a break at this view point on Rout 135 of eastern side of Izu peninsula.
If it was sunny and the air was clear, you would be able to get the beautiful view of Izu seven islands and Shirahama beach.