Category Archives: Ibaraki

Hitachinaka Seaside Park & Gardens

Not far from Mito you’ll find the Hitachinaka Seaside Park and Gardens, a secret spot that’s gorgeous when the flowers are in bloom. It’s easy to take too many photos of flowers but I’m going to forgive myself just this one time.

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Mito Komon Matsuri – Festival Time!

Every year around the start of August Mito holds the mother of all festivals called the Mito Komon Matsuri, I won’t get into detail on exactly who Mito Komon was but lets just say he was a BIG DEAL. They shut down the main street and pretty much the whole city takes part in the festivities, singing songs, waving flags, banging drums, eating takoyaki, dancing and just having a good time. At one point all the main float things converged on an intersection and some wild looking half human half animal performed tricks on a ladder, now that’s how you festival!

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Cherry Blossom in Hitachi

The Japanese LOVE their cherry blossoms and when it looks this good it’s hard not to get in the swing of things, the main street in Hitachi is lined with them so looks particularly impressive this time of year.

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Fukuroda Falls in Daigo

The Fukuroda Falls are in Daigo, a few hours north of Mito where I live. Apparently they’re the 3rd most beautiful falls in Japan, although I’m not sure how the ranking system works. These falls sometimes freeze over in the winter which must be pretty amazing!

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Tsuchiura Fireworks Festival – Boom Boom!

I rocked up to Tsuchiura for their famous fireworks competition and it did not disappoint, we’re talking full on seizure mode here folks.

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Ushiku Daibutsu Fireworks Festival

Ibaraki roadtrip! I went south to enjoy a fireworks festival and check out the Ushiku Daibutsu (Buddha). Turned out to be a great night, the Daibutsu is 120 metres tall and looked great in front of the fireworks. Further down the road there was some kind of ceremony involving a rogue supernova, only in Japan, but that’s why we love it!

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Mito Sunset

I toughed out the earlier storms and was treated to this gorgeous sunset as my reward.

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Mito Lightning

Holy guacamole! (yes I had to check the spelling) So I move to Japan to teach a little English and what do I get in the first week? Crazy town lightning storms in my new home city of Mito (and earthquakes, and possibly Godzilla attacks, I forget…). The gods were angry my friends, the gods were angry.

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