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熱海 Spring by Shinkansen [Jan. 6th, 2004|12:09 am]
susan smitten

On January 1, Don and I set off for home by local train. We got as far as Atami before deciding to ride the bullet train the rest of the way. So we de-boarded for lunch...

We expected another of the dying tourist traps you find in rural areas. Instead, we saw a geyser, a flower garden, and color everywhere.

Here's the geyser in front of the station. Look at the barefoot people in the pool!

Atami means "a sea of heat," and it's a hot springs town. Kids were dressed as though they were off to the beach, eating ice cream and begging their parents for toys.

There were a lot of markets like this...

...and like this.

Displays of steam were everywhere. Here's a steaming teacup.

And here's a very Japanese thing: Tanuki, or raccoon dogs.

Who can tell me what tanuki are famous for?

[User Picture]From: subapooh
2004-01-05 07:38 am (UTC)
oh oh ! i know i know! :D
it'e the god/spirit of eating a lot, getting hammered, and resteraunts...akin to BACCUSS from greek/roman mythology, god of wine and parties! :D
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2004-01-05 07:52 am (UTC)


You are correct, sir!

For bonus points, what physical attribute is often exaggerated in tanuki depictions?
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[User Picture]From: subapooh
2004-01-05 07:55 am (UTC)


los huevos! a sign of prosperity if i'm not mistaken.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2004-01-05 08:16 am (UTC)
SUBAPOOH IS THE WINNER! (*bikini girls draw back curtain...*)
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[User Picture]From: subapooh
2004-01-05 08:28 am (UTC)
omg, my very own Nissan Skyline R34 VSpec.....you shouldn't have!@$^#%&#$^&
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2004-01-05 09:02 am (UTC)
I think you deserve it, sir.
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From: izan_satori
2004-01-05 10:40 am (UTC)
when i see those tanuki's i think of boobies... i can't help it, those statues have big boobies!
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2004-01-05 10:45 am (UTC)
Heehee, I couldn't help but think the same. My boyfriend antivert was disturbed that I would post that picture.
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[User Picture]From: crims0n
2004-01-05 12:16 pm (UTC)
Their Boobs are big but did you see the size of those nipples?!?!

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From: izan_satori
2004-01-05 03:49 pm (UTC)
haha yeah!!
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[User Picture]From: plumb76
2004-01-06 08:31 pm (UTC)
yes, boobies. man boobies. ...o_o
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[User Picture]From: zenmondo
2004-01-06 02:20 pm (UTC)
Is that a real-honest-to-goodness geyser right in the middle of the city? That is cool beyond words. I am so used to geysers to be out in the middle of wilderness here in the states.

And the real claim to fame for Tanuki is that Marion can wear a Tanuki Suit that helps him fly! :)
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[User Picture]From: antivert
2004-01-07 04:33 pm (UTC)
Yes it is. :D We even got to see it go off! I've never seen one go before.

In Japan they tend to build stuff around natural phenomenon.. not to mention that really nowhere is absolute wilderness.

At first I said wildnerness. :D


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[User Picture]From: mistyescape
2004-02-11 12:57 am (UTC)
TANUKI SUIT! *flying trill noise*
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