Sunday, August 26, 2007

Enoshima - 江ノ島

Enoshima (江の島) is a small island, about 4 km in circumference, at the mouth of the Katase River, which flows into Sagami Bay in Japan.
Part of the city of Fujisawa, it is linked to the Katase section of the same city on the mainland by a 600 meter-long bridge.
Adjacent to the closest beach to Tokyo and Yokohama, the island and the nearby coast are the hub of a popular resort area.

Enoshima is the center of Shonan, a resort area along the coast of Sagami Bay known for its scenic beauty.

Katase-Enoshima Station (片瀬江ノ島駅), where I dropped off, is designed to evoke the image of Ryūgū-jō (竜宮城, or Dragon Palace), the underwater dwelling in the Urashima Taro fable.

Saturday, August 4, 2007

花火, or flower of fire - III

And this one? What shape could it be?

花火, or flower of fire - II

In these ones, though, it's more fire (火) than flower (花).

花火, or flower of fire

The word 花火 is translated as "fireworks" in English, but it is actually composed by the ideogram 花 (flower) and 火 (fire). Which is much closer to their actual appearance, at least in the pictures below ^_^ Don't you agree?

Impressive, aren't they?

少し混んでいた - Slightly crowded

Tonight there was a nice fireworks event near Ichikawa and Koiwa, between Tokyo and Chiba prefecture (see the map).

They were saying there were about 1'300'000 people watching... and looking at the crowd at the station, it is not so hard to believe.

It was also nice to look at the crowd looking at the fireworks. I was impressed by the amount of people using their mobile phone to take the pictures. Nice how things are changing, isn't it?