We are Nintendo!

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This is a great example of reverse psychology advertising. We care because we want to beat them. They obviously don’t want us to beat them but want us to keep trying. Ultimately they are right we cannot beat them, logically it would be better not to try as it is a futile endeavor. Or am I reading too much into it?

Hotel Spa and Ueda old town

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Don't drink and drive

First let me just say "Don't drink and drive!" no shock horror here, just a plain message in a fun style.

the hotel

The hotel

Waiting to goto the spa

Waiting to goto the spa

The kids are impatient

The kids are impatient

Austin escapes!

Austin escapes!

We went to a hotel spa in Komoro, it was much posher than the public spa but a lot smaller. Granda managed not to get lost or lose his clothes this time! For obvious reasons I didn’t take any photos there as we’re naked again 🙂 Afterwards we had lunch which was a Chinese banquet – very nice i especially liked the noodles. Not sure why I didn’t take photos of that, maybe just focusing on the food 🙂 Can’t be taking photos all the time.

This is ueda old town, it's much more cheerful that Komoro old town with lots of small craft shops.

This is ueda old town, it's much more cheerful that Komoro old town with lots of small craft shops.

Lovely old shops

Lovely old shops

Another Sake shop, this one has been going 300 years!

Another Sake shop, this one has been going 300 years!

This is a tea room

This is a tea room

it's very small inside, just room for one

it's very small inside, just room for one

These owls are a local symbol, we see them everywhere

These owls are a local symbol, we see them everywhere

dolls and sake, theres a pattern beginning to emerge

dolls and sake, theres a pattern beginning to emerge

more cute owls

more cute owls

This shop seems to specialise in old boxes and pieces of wood - how do they survive?

This shop seems to specialise in old boxes and pieces of wood - how do they survive?

They call it a town, but it's really just one street, still looks lovely

They call it a town, but it's really just one street, still looks lovely

Another owl, I told you they were everywhere

Another owl, I told you they were everywhere

Trees: on the roof!

Trees: on the roof!

A wood carving workshop

A wood carving workshop

bears?

bears?

Mainly carved blocks and stamps and cards, the bears outside were misleading

Mainly carved blocks and stamps and cards, the bears outside were misleading

Small shrine

Small shrine

Water feature

Water feature

Strange art

Strange art

More strange art

More strange art

this looks like a chinese terracotta warrior

this looks like a chinese terracotta warrior

traditional noodle shop

traditional noodle shop

Granda takes a well earned rest

Granda takes a well earned rest

another water feature, this one made the most beautiful sound

another water feature, this one made the most beautiful sound

the river goes straight thru ueda old town

the river goes straight thru ueda old town

Cotton plants

Cotton plants

Christian artifacts embeded in blocks of rock! No idea what it means.

Christian artifacts embeded in blocks of rock! No idea what it means.

anyone know why they are embeded into rock?

anyone know why they are embeded into rock?

Giant Wasp museum pt1

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The giant wasp museum - Warning this is seriously weird!!!!

The giant wasp museum - Warning this is seriously weird!!!!

Nice wasp sculpture

Nice wasp sculpture

a dinosaur made out of tyres... not a good start.

A dinosaur made out of tyres... not a good start.

And another 2 tyre made dinosaurs!

And another 2 tyre made dinosaurs!

Theres scarier things than vampires out tonight!

Theres scarier things than vampires out tonight!

Welcome to the giant wasp museum

Welcome to the giant wasp museum

We went through the door and were welcomed by the lady that runs the place, we took off our shoes and put on the slippers provided and entered the world of the giant wasp… tune in tomorrow and find out the surprising truth!

Komoro old town

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We start the day with Setsubun, as it’s 3rd Feb. Setsubun is the festival to get rid of demons and therefore bring good luck. They have big celebrations at shrines and temples all around Japan in Kyoto they take have a big event

I play the part of a demon and the kids throw soya beans at me!

I play the part of a demon and the kids throw soya beans at me!

They have me cornered, this ritual scares the demons away and brings good luck

They have me cornered, this ritual scares the demons away and brings good luck

Kids seem more interested in eating them then throwing them, the mask come free with the soya beans/nuts, they are really tasty

Kids seem more interested in eating them then throwing them, the mask come free with the soya beans/nuts, they are really tasty

Ok and so to Komoro…

Komoro old town

We arrive at Komoro old town

A quick photo op for Brandon and Elizabeth

A quick photo op for Brandon and Elizabeth

What a lovely toilet, I particularly like the male/female signs

What a lovely toilet, I particularly like the male/female signs

I love these small bridges, they are everywhere

I love these small bridges, they are everywhere

A wishing tree

A wishing tree

a pond full of koi

a pond full of koi

The Komoro old town Shrine

The Komoro old town Shrine

a monument reminds me of the one in bedlington, Northumberland

a monument reminds me of the one in bedlington, Northumberland

Here is a picture of Market place, Bedlington, thanks to Bedlington pictures for the pic you might want to visit their blog at http://bedlingtondogs.blogspot.com/

Here is a picture of Market place, Bedlington, thanks to "Bedlington pictures" for the pic you might want to visit their blog at http://bedlingtondogs.blogspot.com/

The police station, doesn't look like it gets much action around here

The police station, doesn't look like it gets much action around here

A very quiet street

A very quiet street

It’s a bit spooky, theres no one around but us, very unusual for England let alone Japan.

Very traditional architecture

Very traditional architecture

The community hall, the kids head for a slide they spotted

The community hall, the kids head for a slide they spotted

These houses are a lot older than the rest of Komoro

These houses are a lot older than the rest of Komoro

Appart from us the place was diserted

Apart from us the place was diserted

I love the water feature with little bridges

I love the water feature with little bridges

Day 7- A Volcano erupts!

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The place we were staying at Tomi city is dominated by  mountains all around and the most impressive is the Asama volcano, it is covered with snow, very beautiful.

Asama Volcano before eruption

Asama Volcano before eruption (click for bigger image)

Then 2am on 2nd Feb the volcano erupted, #Bing bong bing# there is an anouncement system wired into the telephone system keeps the local people abreast of events such as earth quakes and volcanos. The girl announced (in Japanese of course) that the volcano had erupted but that it was within safety margins, although there was a 4km “no go” area imposed around Asama.

The newspaper covers the eruption

The newspaper covers the eruption

The last major eruption in 1783 devistated 500 sq km

A cloud of steam coming off Asama

A cloud of steam coming off Asama (as always click for a bigger image)

More steam

More steam...

local artists capture the Asama volcano

local artists capture the Asama volcano

nicely captured

nicely captured

Yet more steam, should we be getting worried?

Yet more steam, should we be getting worried?

Naaah! Maybe not, lets go for a drive anyway.

The traffic lights have a count down so you know when its going to change - good idea! Borris?

The traffic lights have a count down so you know when its going to change - good idea! Boris?

5…

4…

3…

2…

ONE!

ONE!

We went and got our train tickets back to Tokyo

We took the opportunity to go and get our train tickets back to Tokyo, so we'll be ready to go on the last day.

These statues were a gift from China

These statues were a gift from China

Ok, I couldn't resist this one; a curry restaurant called "Poo"

Ok, I couldn't resist this one; a curry restaurant called "Poo"

A waterwheel in the centre of Ueda

A waterwheel in the centre of Ueda