2008/10/10

My 2nd Thousand Miles

UPDATE: It turns out the rally won't be coming through Kashima this year and I won't get to see it after all. As they say in Hawaii - "humbug, dat's why!" Oh well. I am happy I got to see it last year.

I'm looking forward to seeing the classic cars of La Festa Mille Miglia roll through Kashima again next Tuesday morning. The post about my first "La Festa Mille Miglia" (Italian for 1000 mile festival) can be viewed here: "BLAST FROM THE PAST"
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Last year, Pandabonium was caught (far left) in this official photo of a 1927 Bugatti T37C


But before that, my next post here will be about our August trip to Hiroshima and Miyajima...

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K (with parasol) walks back from a close up look at the famous torii of Itsukushima Shrine at low tide.
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15 comments:

K and S said...

wow never saw the torii during low tide, that must have been exciting to be able to walk out to it.

Martin J Frid said...

http://www.lafestamm.com/2008/route_map_en.html

The La Festa Miglia race is coming pretty near you, in Hitachiomiya and other places in your lovely prefecture.

Pandabonium said...

k and s - it was fun. I hope you come back to see the pics in the next post.

martin - oh yeah, sure. Places that take me hours to get to - not to mention the time of day factor. Nope, going to miss it this year.

Bear Bear said...

I'm waiting for more pic in your next post. ^^

jam said...

Please show us more photos on your Hiroshima and Miyajima trip.

Pandabonium said...

Bear Bear - coming up soon. So glad you are back blogging after disappearing for a year and a half! Momo sends Xiao Bai a tail wag.

Jam - I've been trying to find the time. Will have the first installment posted in a day or two. Promise. :)

Don Snabulus said...

I look forward to the next travelogue. Moody has written about visiting Hiroshima and I shall be interested in hearing your take on such a shameful part of human history.

Happysurfer said...

Wow! This is the same famous "floating" shrine that is featured in Wikipedia for the term 'torii'. Is the shrine close by?

Looking forward to the next post.

Pandabonium said...

Snabby - I've enjoyed Moody's posts about Hiroshima as well.

Happysurfer - that's the one. It is much larger than I ever imagined and the shrine itself is quite amazing. I'm trying to get this post together as promised (likely to be more than one post) but business has kept me rather, well, busy, of late. Hope to get it posted shortly.

Happysurfer said...

Keeping busy with business is a wonderful thing, PandaB. I am happy for you.

The Moody Minstrel said...

I was able to walk up to the base of the Miyajima torii the last time I was there. It was the first and only time even though I'd been there several times before. It is quite a sight. You don't always realize just how big it is.

The only problem with Itsukushima Shrine is that almost every time I've been there they were repairing major damage caused by a typhoon. It's in a very exposed location, and the recent increase in the frequency of typhoons hasn't done it much good.

Happysurfer said...

Hey there, PandaB, I know you don't celebrate but Happy Halloween, all the same.

Pandabonium said...

Thanks Happy - same to you. We DO celebrate at our house. I put decorations over our front door, have a lighted pumpkin on our mail box and a skeleton and pumpkin in a window. The only such decorated house in Kashima I expect.

There are lots of elementary school kids who walk by our house on the way to and from school and they enjoy seeing the decorations.

No "trick or treat" however. Cheers.

Happysurfer said...

Cool! Nice that you still maintain tradition, PandaB. The kids who pass by must be getting a thrill seeing the decoration.

Word verification is in English. LOL! It's "wines" and cheers!!

Robin said...

wow. Looking forward to your next post