Little Things from Japan

Jul 25

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watch out! children may pop in!

watch out! children may pop in!

Jul 24

田舎のバス停(inaka-no-bastei)
a bus stop in the countryside

田舎のバス停(inaka-no-bastei)

a bus stop in the countryside

交差点
Do you recognize the jizo statue over there?
It’s a guardian deity.

交差点

Do you recognize the jizo statue over there?

It’s a guardian deity.

Jul 22

[video]

恋

I found the Tottori football team mascot character theme vending machine :)

I found the Tottori football team mascot character theme vending machine :)

Jul 21

[video]

Jul 20

[video]

uncameleon said: hi there. (: if you don't mind me asking, why is tottori sand hill such a big attraction? i've seen photos of it, and it does look nice, but i keep thinking there might be something more to it, so i thought i might as well ask.

hi there:D

This is actually a very, very, interesting point of view!

I found your ask through my iphone after I went to bed, but I could not help giggling for a while.

I have never ever thought why we value Tottori sand hill this much. Honestly, I believe most of Japanese people vaguely think that they want to visit the sand hill at least once in a lifetime.(I mean the place is THAT famous! haha)

Maybe for us, we are too unfamiliar to sand hills. We are surrounded by the sea, and the sea coasts, but they are different from sand hills. There is not a dessert in Japan, either. 

Let me reassure you there is not a thing except the sand hill at the place…and to tell you the very truth, Tottori sand hill is not as vast as the sea…you can easily see the whole place if you go to the observatory.

Then, come to think of it, why do we value and get excited about the  sand hill that much?? lol lol That’s because the landscape of Tottori sand hill looks quite exotic, even mysterious, and extraordinary!:)

It’s not something artificial but 100% natural landscape, that’s the important  point too, I think.

By the way, this question reminded me of my own question some years ago. My husband and I visited Floriade in the Netherlands. PLS SEE THIS LINK.You will find a photo of the *spotters hill* in the linked page above.

When we visited there, there were not yet many flowers as we had expected, and the landscape was not good at all (mostly green and soil), but people around us were apparently happy and excited on the spotters hill. They were yelling woot and yay everywhere.

My husband and I didn’t understand what was the point. We thought we were missing something important, so I asked someone near me what people were looking at and why they looked so happy if there weren’t many flowers yet while they were there to see Floriade!?

Then the person laughed and told me that climbing up to such a high place  and looking down at  the land was something very special in itself to most of the Netherlanders! It was such a cultural difference to us. We knew it’s almost completely flat in the Netherlands, but could never recognized that the spotters hill could be such a big attraction to them! :) :)

I hope I’m making sense!:D