The weather wasn't so great, but we were able to enjoy walking the sand bar and seeing it from the nearby mountains.
We took a chair lift to the top.
At the top, the tradition is to look upside down at it, because the sand bar should appear a bridge and the water as the heavens.
Next, we drove along the coast into the prefecture of Fukui to see some of the coastal towns. The big attraction was stopping in the city of Obama. Obama isn't a large town, but the sheer fun of the name was enough for me to want to see.
"Obama" in Obama.
Last, we headed to around lake Biwa to my old JCMU stomping grounds. We enjoyed the castle and the nice shopping in Hikone.
Hikone castle is the big attraction of the area.
An ice cream "dorayaki" that tasted a lot like an ice cream sandwich.
I also bought lots of souvenirs of Hikonyan, the mascot of Hikone and its castle. He's one of the most popular and well-known mascots in Japan.
It was a fun weekend, and summer vacation is drawing near. By the way, last week my island school had swimming classes in the ocean. It felt less like a class and more like hanging out at the beach. On another note, I haven't had any time to work on my sewing summer goal, but I did finish my sewing machine cover.
The tv in the background is for dramatic effect.
If you couldn't tell, I'm really antsy for summer vacation. I hope you're keeping cool out there!