Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium is located in Ocean Expo park.
It is a one of the popular places to visit in northern Okinawa.
There are whale sharks, which is the world’s largest fish, and Manta alfredi, which was bred successfully for the first time in the world.
And at the park, you can visit a Native Okinawan village.
I liked seeing the old houses of Okinawa.
And there are gardens, museums and more.
I enjoyed the planetarium too.
One of the art buildings on Naoshima Island is a public bathhouse called, “I love Yu (hot water)” .
It’s appearance, which was designed by artist Nobuo Otake, is sure to grab your attention.
You can have a bath there.
Inside it has a lot of amusing arts.
It is an interesting bath that is both colorful and fancy.
There is a place called Naoshima island which is also called ‘art island’ on the Inland Sea.
It takes 20 minutes from Okayama and 50 minutes from Takamatsu by ferry boat.
The Chichu Art Museum designed by Tadao Ando, the famous Yellow Pumpkin object by Yayoi Kusama and the Benesse Art Site Naoshima are all there.
People can enjoy art with the nature of the island at a place far away from the ordinary.
The whole place is a work of art!
Kibidango is a local specialty in Okayama.
Kibi is millet, but actually it is made by rice products.
There is a folk tale which is called “Momotaro.”
Momo is Peach in Japanese.
The story is about a boy named Momotaro who was born from a big peach and went to fight bad oni ( a demon).
For the road, his old mother gave him kibidango.
He met a dog, a monkey, and a pheasant on the way, and he gave kibidango to them, then they all went to fight the Oni together…
There is a place called Kibi in Okayama.
It isn’t sure how kibidango is related to this story and this place.
But kibidango is famous.
The Bikan quarter is lit up at night.
You can see a different side from daytime by this kind scenery lighting.
It is very wondrous.
By the way, Kurashiki is in Okayama prefecture.
Kurashiki’s most interesting place is the Bikan quarter.
It is an historic area with a canal and willows.
Many black and white traditional buildings are very photogenic.
It is very different from Japanese cities nowadays.
The place is a little touristy but worth seeing.
Last night I stayed at Ivy Square hotel in Kurashiki.
This building used to be a textile factory.
The ivy and the red bricks are a good contrast.
30 years ago I stayed here for my honeymoon.
But I don’t have any of that time’s pictures, because I opened the camera before winding the film back.
Anyway it was nostalgic.