Saturday, January 20, 2007

Photo's from our holiday in Toba Mie-ken

With the winter holiday we went to Toba for 2 nights and visited some local tourism spots, here are some pictures:



Here am I and the Meoto Iwa (夫婦岩) or the Husband-and-Wife Rocks. They are joined by a shimenawa (a heavy rope of rice straw) and are considered sacred by worshippers at the neighbouring Okitama-jinja. In Japanese Shinto belief, the rocks represent the union of creator gods Izanagi and Izanami. The rocks therefore celebrate the union in marriage of man and woman. The rope, which weighs over a ton, must be replaced several times a year in a special ceremony. The larger rock, said to be male, has a small Torii at its peak.


Futami Sea Paradise, which had some great shows!


Ninja Village near Ise, it was funny to see ninja's haha, normally you only see them in movies but this time I could be like a ninja, see ninja shows, and one even tried to attack Mayuko (I tried to hold him off with my umbrella but his fake Katana was to strong)


An Ama is a female pearl diver, and she did a small demonstration for us (it was really for us, because on that day the weather was pretty shitty so we were the only ones who were watching. See more info


Playing with dolphins at Futami Sea Paradise. First time for me to be this close with these beautiful animals, and to really play with them using balls was fantastic.


Together eating dinner in our hotel room :D


An attraction in Park Espania, where it was minus 31 degrees... cold.


Our dinner, more came later one. It was all Japanese food but I enjoyed it a lot.


Our morning view on the ocean from our hotel room.


Our room :D

4 comments:

Jonathan said...

Man, what a nice trip. A bit jealous over here.

Zen said...

wonderful!

Zen said...

wonderful!

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