Trip to Yamagata

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Yesterday we went on a one day trip to Yamagata prefecture, at about a two hour drive from where we live. At first, we went to a restaurant ran by some of Aki’s relatives, to eat some of Yamagata’s famous soba, and some tempura. The food was absolutely fantastic. Then we went to Yudono mountain, to visit a shrine “where God is”, up in the clouds. There, we went up the mountain (first by car, then by bus and last by foot), to a special place where we “purified our souls” with the sacred water from the hot spring. On the way back we went to see an artificial geyser, and we finished the day at some sort of mall where we bought a gift for Aki’s mother, who apparently had paid for our meal at the noodle shop without telling us. Thank you very much, mam. It was raining on and off all day, but we were lucky enough to get rain only when we were in the car. The day ended with a magnificent sunset, setting the sky ablaze with incredibly beautiful colors. It really was a great day! You can check out the photo album here.

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2 Responses to “Trip to Yamagata”

  1. deadhippo Says:

    what was the purpose of the artificial geyser?
    and if you had never heard of a geyser what words would you use to describe what you saw?
    and do canadians usually pronounce it gaizer or geezer?

  2. Sylvain Says:

    > deadhippo:

    1)It’s just an attraction, as far as I can tell.
    2) A water fall that defies gravity!?
    3) I say “gaizer”, and I guess most people in Canada do to, eh?