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... keep wild boar from damaging crops and for safety from the mean rascals. Occasionally the night silence is broken by an odd guitar-string-like sound and a pigs screech.
This is an international Zen center with a unique philosophy of mostly self sustaining lifestyle. This means that ¾ of the days the mostly-male residents in 20's and 30's zip about on bulldozers, power-shovels, field plows and rice harvesting machines doing all the work needed to feed 20 ...
... countryside give a deep appreciation of the quaint nature of the remote areas.
This northern seaside city is surrounded by mountains and is dotted with temples, shrines, museums and markets that show a bit more slow and quiet Japanese lifestyle. It was a bit surreal pacing the near-empty streets on this Sunday afternoon. It helped me prepare for my next step - a remote mountain temple.
There were two main goals of the day: find a beach to go to, and visit the Tottori Sand Dunes. Like the day before we hadn't really planned out the beach part. It's a coastline. There are beaches everywhere. But while that's a true statement, it isn't always obvious if a beach is a good place or not.
We left the onsen feeling refreshed. The breakfast was good and filling, and I got a jar of the local milk out of a vending machine. I only got the milk because it was sold ...
... hilly area with the surfy coast truely excited me.
The scenery I expected is like below.
I arrived in Tottori at half past 2 in the afternoon by bus. In the bus station, I caught a sight of a bus just leaving for the sand dunes, so I headed for the bus and waved to have the bus stopped. The driver realized me and he opened the door ...
... up a few snacks from a local minimart. Tottoris main attraction for visitors is its sand dunes, which are situated on the coast about 5km out of town. These dunes cover a large area, and they are massive , more like giant hills. It had just rained so they were easy to work up (quite easy but still steep). After creating some artworks in the sand, it started to drizzle again so ...