Sakura and rape flowers 


Now sakura are all over the place..roadsides, riversides, etc.

Yesterday I went to Saga prefecture from Fukuoka.

We used the mountain road for the first time.

I spotted a place where sakura and rape flowers were blooming together.

Saga prefecture is rural, but beautiful.

Mongol wall


Right near my home in Fukuoka is this restored stone wall.

It used to be over 20 kilometers long and 2.5 meters high. 

It was built in the 13th Century to defend against Mongol Invasions. 

The scroll in the foreground shows scenes from the invasions, which were some of the largest naval battles in history. 

The second war ended when the ‘Kamikaze’, or ‘divine wind’, scuttled much of the invading fleet.