Sunday, October 27, 2013

Travel Day to Utsunomiya

A day off, a day of travel.  Four hours by shinkansen,  pausing in Fukushima, a city that exists beyond news reports of doom.  We arrived in Utsunomiya, a town with wide streets and large Starbucks, visible stars in a clear night, known for its gyoza.  We went for a short walk to the Utsunomiya Futaarayama Shrine which was lit up at night and had a stall of horses in the back.

A rumored restaurant where monkeys serve water and hand towels turned out to be closed and we enjoyed the short taxi ride there and back.  We next attempted a taco restaurant (they have one in Japan?) but the 10th story of the shopping mall only had beauty salons, wedding planning boutiques and a music store, all closed on this Sunday evening.  We schemed a few more potential potentials before deciding to enjoy a Thai restaurant, a cuisine not often encountered here.

We get to stay in this hotel for two nights, no packing required tomorrow morning.

Main gate of Utsunomiya Futaarayama Shrine
(modernity rising alongside)

stairs leading to the shrine

glowing vending machines

Bernice with the horses

outside the train station, Christmas cheer

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