To Matsue…… another world

Matsue des. From Kyoto to take the Shinkensen to Okayama and then the Yakumo Rapid Express through the shintaro hills and mountains down to the coast.

The Yakumo wends through the pine covered mountains along the river valleys passing little hamlets with houses surrounded by gohan paddies and awaiting the plantings. I think J.R. Tolkien would be at home here for sure.

Boys playing baseball on the un-sown gohan paddocks, pitching their very best shot to each other. It’s maybe the flattest place in the district to play on and only in that interlude between winter and early spring when its dry enough to stand on that they get the chance. The rest of the time its waterlogged or snow covered, passed a snow covered peak, it might have been Dai Sen Yura looked like a picture with snow right down the sides.

Had another great minshiku meal here in Matsue, seafood is the speciality. Tempura, crab, saishimi and veges !

The sunset on the lake was snapped by scores of very keen picture takers.

Everything is a few minutes away here in Matsue and friendly too.

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