Two years went by fast. Much faster than when I was 18 and waiting for a missionary.
So we've made a list of things we want to do before we leave. Then, last Saturday, we went and did a few things on the list with our friends the Healthy's. I mean, the A's.
Rice Art in the town of Inakadate
(From the field looking up toward the viewing tower on top of the city (town?) building.)
From Doug's Blurb Book: Just north of Hirosaki (site of the famous Cherry Blossom Festival) lies a little village named Inakadate. Quite a few years ago, the town's mayor wanted a way to draw more tourism to this little place so they came up with Rice Field Art. The villagers come together and plant different colors of rice plants to eventually grow into a giant work of art. They change the picture each year. It was an amazing sight to see. Astounding how they plan it so well to get such a great accurate work of art. The kids thought it was really cool.
"Hey P-Douggie! Down HERE!!! LOOK AT ME!!!!!!"
Yep. It was pretty awesome. Good thing too, because it took 2.5 hours and a few Lawson* stops to get there.
I've actually received two e-mail "forwards" from two different people showing pictures of these fields in previous years. So I guess I'm proof that not all e-mail forwards are Photoshopped spam!
Well, that's a blog post for another day.
Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but SOON!
*Lawsons is our version of 7-11. Only instead of Slurpies you can get rice balls and yaki soba. Oh, and "Hello Kitty" paraphernalia. Japan rocks!