November 13th, 2009

drinking bird

Visit to Japan, part II

Beppu was warm and sunny. It has "hells" also, quite well known. There are rather more, and of varying colors. One sees them in a pleasant park.

Steam escaping from a volcanic pond

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I thought this next one very pretty.

Blue pond

It is rather large. From the toriis at the rear of the photo, you can take a path up the hill to a pleasant view.

Foot bath

This was an off season weekday, so not many people took advantage of the "foot onsen"

Obviously. the red pond

In another city, we saw some rather remarkable displays of mums. Most are beautiful, some are a bit "over the top"

Mum bonsai display

Pink "Fuji" mums

Mum roofed pagoda, not in full bloom yet

We continued along southern Kyushu, ending up in Kagoshima, which has a subtropical climate. Palm tree lined avenues and lots of flowers. Kagoshima used to be an island, but a couple of centuries ago an eruption filled the straight and joined it to the Kyushu mainland.

Basalt ridges along the coast

Sunset on the beach, Kagoshima

We left for Yakushima, which I will talk about in my next post.