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I bought the cheapest flight from Shanghai to Tokyo, which in fact did not fly to Tokyo at all, but to Ibaraki, a prefecture to the northeast of Tokyo. I decided to stop on the way to Tokyo in Tsuchiura and see the lake Kasumi-ga-ura. In Japanese, the name means something like “Spring Fog Sound.” I rode the loop bus from downtown to the shore by the Dutch Windmill. The cattails waved in the breeze and the shallows were frozen. The pictures speak for themselves.
On the road to Tsuchiura I caught a ride with an avid surfer who had camped many a beach in New Zealand. I spent about a day in and around the city, mostly to see the lake Kasumi-ga-ura. Below are some pictures from the city.
I am in Japan again. I crossed from Shanghai to Ibaraki by plane and rode the bus from Ibaraki Airport to Ishioka, a small town to the west. I hitchhiked from Ishioka south to Tsuchiura one day, and the next hitched the rest of the way to Tokyo. I would like to share some photos of Ishioka, where my journey began.