Swanica explores Japan

Saturday, May 06, 2006

It was wonderful to go to Mashiko.
It is quite a long trip from Kamakura. First, you take the train to Utsunomiya for 3 hours. You relax and work on your Japanese language skills. It becomes more recognizable, but there is still so much to learn about this intriging difficult language.
Then you get on the bus for 1 hour to Mashiko.

It is like a breath of fresh air: going from cities with all buildings to the open fields.
It is the season of planting rice. So, a lot of the fields are floaded and machines plant the rice. They crawl through the mud.

Also, the frogs awake and while waiting for the bus you here them croaking everywhere: a beautiful symphony!

Around the houses, even on a small piece of ground, you will see vegetable gardens.

The houses here are all quite big compared to city houses, where they can be so small.


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