(8/10)Welcome to Okayama Japan, the Land of Sunshine!

 “The Passing of Time in Setouchi”


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(7/30)Welcome to Okayama Japan, the Land of Sunshine!

Okayama Castle & Okayama Korakuen Garden
Fantastic Summer Night Event! (Okayama City)

Between Tuesday, August 1 and Thursday, August 31, Okayama Castle is home to the Summer U-jo (Crow Castle) Light Festival, and Okayama Korakuen hosts its Fantastic Summer Garden. Both are open until 9:30pm.
Free Wi-Fi is available.

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Korakuen (後楽園, Kōrakuen) is a beautiful landscape garden and Okayama‘s main attraction. Along with Kanazawa‘s Kenrokuen and Mito’s Kairakuen, Korakuen is ranked as one of Japan’s three best landscape gardens. It is located just beside Okayama Castle, which can be seen from the garden as “borrowed scenery”.

The local feudal lord ordered the construction of Korakuen in 1687 as a place of entertainment for the ruling family and a location for receiving important guests. Occasionally, the public was permitted to enter the garden.

In 1884, a few years after the end of the feudal era, Korakuen became the property of Okayama Prefecture and was opened to the public. The garden suffered damage from floods in 1934 and bombing during the war, but it has always been restored to its original state thanks to the accurate records kept by the garden’s designers.

Korakuen is a spacious garden that incorporates the typical features of a Japanese landscape garden, including a large pond, streams, walking paths and a hill that serves as a lookout point. Rather unique for a Japanese garden, however, are Korakuen’s spacious lawns. Also found in the garden are groves of plum, cherry and maple trees, tea and rice fields, an archery range and a crane aviary.

(7/28)Welcome to Okayama Japan, the Land of Sunshine!

Ushimado Setouchi City

Enjoy Japan’s Aegean-like sea and islands

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 The seaside resort town of Ushimado overlooks the numerous beautiful islands dotting the Setonaikai (The Inland Sea). Visitors are treated to a magnificent landscape filled with the blue of the sea and the green of olive groves. At low tide, the Kuroshima Venus Road, a sandbar stretching to link three separate islands including Kuroshima Island, rises from the sea. A walk along this mysterious road floating on the sea is a recommended spot for couples. Along with the hotels and yacht harbors in the surrounding area, Ushimado also offers visitors sunset cruises where visitors can watch the sun set and enjoy a romantic evening on the town

Basic information

Ushimado Town, Setouchi City, Okayama Prefecture
35 min by bus from JR Oku Sta. to “Ushimado”
Business Hours
Varies by facility.

Message by Charge Highland US Deputy Ambassador, Memorial 6th Anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake …

6 years since the Great East Japan Earthquake. Jason Highland temporary surrogate ambassador visited Fukushima and Miyagi prefectures to exchange with the people in the affected areas to reconfirm the strong connection between the US and the Tohoku region and at the same time everyone is working together to rebuild efforts I was struck with my heart witnessing. Please see the message that the temporary surrogate ambassador celebrated the sixth year since the disaster.

(7/24)Welcome to Okayama Japan, the Land of Sunshine!

Rapha Women’s 100 – RCC Melbourne. July 23 2017

I also travel 70 kilometers on a road bike in order to train foot and leg strength.
Many Tomodachi can be made and it will be fun.

Von’s Rapha 100 Women’s ride with Melbourne RCC. 120kms in the rolling hills around Melbourne with some dirt sections thrown in for extreme awesomeness.

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