Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The trip to Wakayama!

Yes yes, Japan is full of public holidays. You can get 1 or 2 holidays per month on average. Haha.. Go on and envy us.

Yesterday was Autumn Equinox day. Basically, the centre of the Sun will spend a nearly equal amount of time above and below the horizon at every location on Earth and night and day will be of nearly the same length. The word equinox derives from the Latin words aequus (equal) and nox (night). In reality, the day is longer than the night at an equinox. (More info can be found on
And YES, it is a holiday, but do not ask me why such a day can be an holiday, we just enjoyed it, thats all.
Oh, this is a mobile massage van. But we did not really try it as well, we were rushing for our onsen.

These are some giant pumpkins that they have here. But this is not fit for human consumption and is used to feed the horses.

And ya.. this is the most popular amongst kids in Japan. Kabutomushi (カブトムシ) or Japanese rhinoceros beetle and the price of this little creature you see here is easily about SGD 100.

The mini motorcycle club. Ain't it adorable?

Some sights along the way.

This is the interesting part. Guess how the different prefecturesof Mie and Wakayama are being differentiated? (Take a look at the photo below)
(Hint: This is Mie Prefecture)

(Hint: We are approaching Wakayama Prefecture)
Got it? Look at the bridges.
The design marks the different prefecture boundaries. Mie Prefecture is marked by the overhead covered bridge and Wakayama is marked by the N-shaped bridge.

The Tan Tans also found something interesting here.
Coca-Cola Plus Vitamins!!
And the Tan Tans, being foodies, definitely tried some of the local specialities.
The standard Maguro-Don
The higher grade, nakatoro don (means mid tuna belly, with a greater proportion of fish fat of course). Oishi!!!
And here is Mr Tan Tan preparing his own Okonomiyaki and the other dishes!

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