Yay, I finally did something instead of just sitting in my apartment or going to school. Yesterday, I traveled to Sukagawa in Fukushima to see my old pals at the Eiji Tsuburaya museum and library.
These are the dudes on the street, inside were a few more.
(Click that link above for more details on the museum and library.)
There wasn't anything going on that day yet there were a dozen old ladies listening to an Ocarina player tooting out a Vocaloid tune. And I bought a Godzilla Clear File.
Since we were in Sukugawa anyway, we thought we'd check out the sights/sites. We discovered that there is a large Peony Garden so I suggested we check it out since I needed some fresh air. According to the website of the Sukagawa Botan-en Peony Garden, it "is the only such garden in Japan to be designated as a Spot of Natural Beauty by the Japanese government. "
It was free, so what the hey, we wandered through. Not too many 牡丹 (Botan = tree peony) in bloom yet and even the cherry blossoms had begun to dissipate. Still, here are some pics. First a honking big statue.
Flowery stuff, bush peonies (?), tulips and daffodils.
The obligatory Sakura of course...
Actual tree peonies (I think).
Some purple plants.
A shrine gauntlet.
And me being silly.
Hey, at the gift shop, they had an Ultraman Clear File and apple juice. (I didn't buy the sake.)
There was a Kokeshi book for sale from which I photographed the cover because it has the "enfant terrible", ET.
We went from there to a widely touted WATERFALL! While overlooking a river cascade, I asked a passerby if this was the waterfall and she confirmed it was. The disappointment I felt was palpable.
The decorations at the neighbouring parkette were cute though.
After this blast of nature, we went shopping at Mandai in Koriyama where I bought a couple of masks. That is a story for another day.