2011/08/09

Let Me Take You Up

'Cause we're going to Lavender Fields.

Nothing is real...



and nothing to get hung about...



Lavender fields forever...


We flew to Hokkaido in an attempt to beat the heat. Momo the Wonder Dog stayed in an air conditioned doggy hotel while we were away. It was only a few degrees cooler in Hokkaido, so Momo got the better of that deal. We did see some beautiful scenery. It was my first flight in almost 7 years, my first domestic Japanese flight, and Kimie's first ever domestic flight as well. (Normally, we take the Shinkansen). And our first time to see Hokkaido. It seems so big! About the size of the State of Maine. It is 20% of the land area of Japan with only 4.4% of the population.

We were gone a week and saw lots more than flowers. Waterfalls, lakes, horses, sea ports, an Ainu village, and more. For those who are interested, see all the pics plus videos and comments, at this page on Picasa: Hokkadio 2011.

Lavender fields forever.



*top photo: John and Yoko, Sean and (?) at Fujiya Hotel (Hakone) in 1978. 2nd photo - Pandabonium and K, same spot, 2007.

4 comments:

K and S said...

love hokkaido's lavender! so beautiful.

Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

Lovely. It's hard to imagine having warm weather and lavender fields. It's still wintery here, the coldest for a few years and our Fiji family snuggle up under blankets or turn the heater up full blast. Huge gas bills.Huge electricity bills - with eight in the house this year as one Fiji family migrates back to Oz.

HappySurfer said...

Wow! What's a good time of the year to visit Hokkaido to see all those flowers in bloom?

Pandabonium said...

Thanks all.

The flowers have various bloom times of course. Lavender is June through August and we were there at the end of July. There is a chart on the Furano/Biei Tourism website that shows them all:

Flower Calendar