After tromping around the Tottori Sand Dunes (Sankyuu) I headed back to the main Tottori train station, but realized I had more time to spend before last train. Since it was sakura season (Japan Cherry Blossoms) I checked via mobile wifi that the Tottori Fukuro River (Fukurogawa /袋川) sakura were in full bloom. I’m so glad I did. It was the best sakura I’d gotten to see all season! For previous sakura talks check out the “sakura” tag on Universal-Doll.

Japan Cherry Blossoms in full bloom in Tottori

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nameko saibai water guage Local children had drawn these cute rain gauges made out of PET bottles. Of course a lot are comic related like the Astroman and Nameko Saibai one.

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Litter signs in Japan can get really cute looking.  :bow:

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 So amazing right? I don’t think I edited any of these pictures other than cropping and resizing. No need to with all the lovely pinks  :loveword:

Corporate Salaryman Hanami

Business Hanami (Japan Cherry Blossom viewing) go full-out! I was happy to walk along when the lowly grunts on the corporate ladder were forced to wake up very early that day to secure a prime spot and secure all the goods. If you’ll notice there’s bottles of sake and mixers set up, along with giant trays of sushi and presents for the gifts.

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All the drinks and mixers getting set up.

Such a big feast! I can’t wait to enjoy Japan Cherry Blossom again this year. Just looking at these photos gets me excited. Have you ever seen them?

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Hello, from this picture I am still in Japan… and I’m not really on the beach.

(Cat socks tutuanna, skirt Secret Magic, cardigan eHyphen Bon Bon, shoes Liz Lisa)

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Instead I spent the day walking up and down Tottori Sand Dunes ( Tottori Sakyuu 鳥取砂丘) in Tottori!

I could’ve taken a donkey down the dunes (his home is above).

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Hiking up these dunes is no joke. I like to workout and it was definitely a workout.

To explain this I did the big tall sanddune with kids and their mama.

Kids with the endless energy went bounding up, while their Mama was at first: Wait for me…! /then/ You go right ahead, Mama will catch up. /then/ Heavy breathing /then/ Heavy wheezing /then/ Mama will stay right here (in the middle of the dune) you kids go up if you want.  :rushed:

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The wind hitting the dunes on one side makes them instantly smoother and the water was gorgeous.

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The steps I made, and then turning around the wind almost made them disappear instantly.

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Still in Japan.  :dotbow:

Mitsu eats local food in Japan

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Totttori is known for their pears, but since it was out of season I got pear ice cream instead.

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And they’re known for their style of chikuwa (竹輪 /ちくわ wiki).  Which is kind of a fish and tofu mix ….tube. It sounds bad it’s actually quite flavorful and good! I got their crab special since Tottori is also known for crab.

How much did my day cost? There’s a fallacy that tourism in Japan is expensive. And yes flight/train pass/hotel that whole thing is of course going to cost. But my Tottori experience was cheap! It took 2,000 yen extra on the train pass because there’s a part from Osaka to Tottori that’s not covered. But Tottori Sand Dunes are free. My bus to get to the dunes the Loop bus from the main station was 200 yen. My crab chikuwa was 280 and my ice cream was 200 yen.  Total cost was 680 yen ($7 USD) to eat local food and see something amazing. I also walked from the train station to the cherry blossoms, so those were free. My day including meals cost $47 and it was a great day!