Hello good people! Thank you to everyone for the continued support. As there are no new updates in the Bear search, we here present another story from our travels last summer. It gives us such a nice feeling to be able to share the Bears’ adventures with you all, so thank you for reading!
Todays story takes us to the scenic and magical landscape of:
Amanohashidate (The Bridge to Heaven)
Another adventure, another train ride! We left Kyoto station on a train heading north. We had been in the city for a while, and we decided it was time for some nature (Bears love nature).. The Bears spent most of the time looking out the window at the scenic landscape passing by. Our arrival at Amanohashidate’s quiet train station was greeted by a blue sky and warm sunshine. “Let’s head for the hills!” We found a chairlift that carried us to the top of the mountain where we could behold the legendary view, and heavenly it was! The Bears were thrilled to be at such a spectacular place, and made sure we got lots of pictures of them.
The “Bridge” itself is a pine covered sandbar that runs for 3.6 km across Miyazu Bay. It can be viewed from the hills on either side of the Bay which are accessed by chair lift or cablecar. To properly view “the bridge to heaven” turn your back towards the bay, bend over and look at it from between your legs. In that way, you will see the sandbar as if it were rising to the heavens. Travelers to Amanohashidate have been doing this for more than a millennium! The Bears tried this move again and again but they kept falling over themselves, so we held them upside down by their paws so they could see it too.. With a little photo manipulation I was able to approximate the view one might see in such a position.
After taking loads of pictures, we decided it was time that we crossed that bridge! We rode the chairlift down the mountain and began our journey.. Bears love walking in nature, but the distance across proved to be a bit much for our little friends, so they hitched a ride in my shirt pocket.
As we walked the sandy bridge, we came across a huge felled pine. Apparently it had fallen during a typhoon and had been left as a monument and a warning about global warming and its potential consequences. Once explained to them, the Bears decided global warming was indeed very serious and they suggested we take their picture with the felled tree.
We continued on to where we found a nice beach. The water was clear, and the Bears spent the time trying to catch a jellyfish. We told them it was foolish, but they insisted that they were bears and therefore experienced hunters. After a lovely and full afternoon of exploring, we headed back across to the Ryokan (traditional Japanese Inn).
Next it was time for an Onsen (Japanese hot spring). We donned our Kimonos (we made the Bears Kimonos from washcloths) and headed for the baths, where we relaxed for the rest of the afternoon.
Our adventure concluded with a dinner that was fit for Kings.
Life is good :).