23 July 2017 Sunday
We set off a little late this morning. First to Daimaru to help friends with their purchases. Then we moved on to Yoshizuka Unagiya. This outlet is beside the Naka River.
Business started for 30 mins… and we were on page 3 number 39. There were 118 group queuing in front of us. People Queue from Level 1 to level 3.
It was a long 90 minutes of waiting before we were seated.
The dinning area looked classy.
We ordered the Unagi set and when it was sent to us….
This is our Unagi Set…
These are what we love…
After lunch, we picked up our car and drove off to Yanagawa Sunflower Garden. As we approached the Sunflower Garden…. the traffic almost came to a standstill. We drove between the tiny lane between paddy fields to get close to our destination.
At the entrance to the garden
many Japanese ladies came in Kimonos…
Sunflower – one and two to thousands….
I especially love the way it swayed with the wind…
A closer look and we saw the life cycle of Sunflower
and the evolution of friendship…
Lovely recollection of kiddy song…. “You are my Sunshine… my only sunshine…”
Towards the seaside border of Sunflower garden.
Up the Ramp…
Looking down from the top of Ramp…this is leisure wonders….
and over the other side of the ramp
The sunset …
Recall the Er-Hu (二胡）play piece…one of my favourite when I am in Secondary School days Chinese Orchestra …..漁舟唱晚
It was around 1830 hrs … we bid good bye to our sunshine…and headed to Omuta.
The distance between Yanagawa and Omuta was around 20 KM. But took us almost one hour because some minor accident along the way.
When we arrived at Omuta, the entire town were out in force to celebrate the Omuta Daijayama Festival.
We were joined by Spiderman…
Series of Dragon Floats (In Japanese context Big Snake) graced the occasion.
Each Big Snake Float was supported by team of Dancers….
The firework display sparked up the atmosphere… spectacular !!!!
Crowd simply went crazy and were all out to enjoy….
The float were moved around using raw manpower – a showcase of community strength.
The drummer was throwing in all his energy
The tradition…have a child bitten by the Big Snake.
And not forgetting the Organizing Shrine.
We joined the locals chasing after the float …had very enjoyable time at Omuta Daijayama Festival… By the time events ended at around 2000 hrs… we were wet, hungry and thirsty. We popped into this cosy restuarant.
Very Compact… and both staff prepared food and served the customers….
We ordered our drinks…
Very quickly… the liquid drained down our throat…
The food were very good… especially the chicken wings and the fried Mentaiko (明太子)
It was almost midnight when we reached back to Hotel….
End of Day 10…. very good Unagi lunch. Rare opportunity to envelope ourselves in a sea of Sunflower and our Kyushu trip end with a Grand Finale at Omuta Daijayama Big Snake Festival.
We had varieties of food and good time at many part of the island. A very enjoyable trip and I told myself Kyushu II will include places we missed Yamamoto, Aso Farmland, Dazaifu, Beppu and Uzen, two days at Takachiho, Yufuin and Kagoshima again.
I noted a few things when driving in Kyushu (1) Toll is very expensive – possibly more expensive than car rental. (2) the road in city were very narrow and full of traffic light. It can be every few hundred meters one traffic light (see picture below – stopping at one traffic light and I could see three others in front) (3) most petrol kiosk closed fairly early… do not risk empty tank at night. (4) the time taken to go from point A to point B typically take longer than computerized planned time.
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