Sunday, June 19, 2011

Trip to Aizu Wakamatsu in Fukushima - part 2

Yes, better late than never. Part 1 of our Aizu Wakamatsu trip report is here.


During Golden Week we decided to visit the Aizu castle for the second time. Why? To see the cherries in full bloom. The weather was nice in Tochigi and the forecast said it was going to be nice in Fukushima as well. It wasn't. The sky was dark and gray and it looked like it was about to start raining any minute.

But that didn't matter one bit to the people who were busy hanami'ing around the castle.



I know there are foreigners living in Aizu Wakamatsu, but that day I saw only one gaijin there and he was just leaving. Therefore, yours truly was a very popular girl that day. Random people thanked me for coming to Fukushima, asked for photos with me, invited me to have drinks with them. If I had known it was going to be like that, I would have put on some makeup or something. But no, my face was paint-free and my hair was greasy, messy and unwashed (my dislike of washing my hair is legendary, "you and Kurt Cobain" as my husband usually says).

Maybe I should do what this girl did? Just a thought:



Anyway, where were we? Ah yes, Aizu Wakamatsu. I love that town. If not for this soon-to-be-moved-in-brand-new house in Tochigi, I'd pack up and settle in Fukushima in a heartbeat.



Needless to say, I'm a big fan of akabeko (Aizu red cow) and our cats love it, too. We even have an akabeko at home, though it's already missing a tail. The cats say it was delicious.


What's the deal with the red roof? Based on the records from the Edo period, that was the original color of the roof and that's how the castle people want to keep it.

Just when we were about to give up and leave, the sun suddenly came out.


The sky was blue for maybe 5 minutes before it started to rain...

We didn't go inside this time around, we visited the museum during our first visit. The ticket girl was dressed in period costume.



So was the tour guide:


I can't wait to return to Fukushima. For my next trip I'd like to take the third sector train from Kinugawa and stop at different onsen villages along the way. That's my summer vacation plan.

But in the meantime, here's a video of Aizu hanami:





And this is my very own entry for this week's Show Me Japan!


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