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Kasumi-ga-ura in Pictures

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.











Tsuchiura in Pictures

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.

20130114-105254.jpgThe bank of the Sakura River.

20130114-105241.jpgAlong the bank was my hotel.

20130114-105305.jpgThe hotel I lodged in. (ビジネスホテル若藤)

20130114-105328.jpgA tiny bar overlooking the river.

20130114-105341.jpgAn alley in Tsuchiura.

20130114-105402.jpgAn old building west of the station.

20130114-105417.jpgThe meandering path of the Sakura River.

Kieran Maynard

Kieran Maynard

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