Aomori Japan

https://japancheapo.com/locations/aomori/

Hiraki castle

If you decide to go to one place in Aomori it should probably be Hirosaki. At the center of the Tsugaru plain in the shadow of Mount Iwaki (known as the Tsugaru Fuji) Hirosaki has twice the character of the much larger Aomori City and Hachinohe put together. As the capital of the Tsugaru Domain which covered much of modern day Aomori Prefecture, Hirosaki is blessed with Aomori’s only extant castle – Hirosaki Castle. The diminutive castle is a lot less impressive than those in places like Kumamoto or Osaka, but unlike those castles, it is 100% authentic.

This festival for which Aomori is most famous takes place in towns and cities across the Tsugaru Plain during the week of August 2nd to August 7th. The main procession of the festival consists of large internally lit floats depicting kabuki scenes that are wheeled around wildly from side to side. Members of the public are free to join in as long as they are wearing the required haneto costume.

Nebuta festivals in other towns in Aomori differ in terms of style. Called Neputa in Hirosaki, floats are more of a distinct fan-like shape while in Goshogawara they are much taller.

The Aomori Nebuta schedule sees parades on each evening for the first five days with a procession of floats happening during the day on the final day with a large fireworks festival in the evening.

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To book a train or ferry online from Amori to Hakodate……but the link is in Japanese…

https://www.tsugarukaikyo.com/r100rsvTop.aspx?__utma=1.1387759953.1505090848.1505094107.1505102563.3&__utmb=1.117.10.1505102563&__utmc=1&__utmx=-&__utmz=1.1505090848.1.1.utmcsr%3D(direct)

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Hokkaido Road Trip 2 to Furano

https://vacationniseko.com/news/hokkaido-road-trip-furano-and-biei

Lavender Field at Hinode Park….Located in the upper Furano, Hinode Park is a municipal lavender park run by the Kamifurano town. Often overlooked by visitors, the view from the park’s little hill is spectacular. It is highly recommended to visit Hinode Park in the morning and beat the crowds that will gather when the first buses comes in at around 9:00am.

Farm Tomita is located in Nakafurano and is the most popular farm in Hokkaido. Spanning a total of 10 hectare and divided into 6 different flower fields, it is made up of over 100 types of flowers including lavender, poppy, sage and more! Apart from lavender fields, the farm also consists of multiple facilities including cafes, shops, a lavender museum and a small factory showing the lavender essential oils production process.

this spot features a Christmas Tree. Photographers of any level will love this sight of this tree standing in the middle of nowhere. The atmosphere surrounding the tree changes throughout the day, making it a good spot for snapping pictures from sunrise to sunset. The Christmas Tree is even prettier during winter, when everything surrounding it is blissful white.

https://japancheapo.com/entertainment/hokkaido-lavender-fields-furano-biei/

Summer is also a time when Hokkaido’s countryside bursts into color with beautiful summer blossoms, and Furano and Biei are two of Hokkaido’s best-known places where colorful flower fields are concerned. While these areas will have different types of flowers blooming from July to October, July is considered the best time to visit, especially for the lavenders, which will be mostly—if not totally—gone by mid-August.

Macleay Island

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Macleay Island is an island located in Moreton Bay, South East Queensland, Australia.[2] The island constitutes a town and locality within the City of Redland. It has the postcode 4184. Perulpa Island is a small island attached to Macleay Island by a causeway.[5]Macleay Island is the fourth largest island in Moreton Bay after North Stradbroke Island, Moreton Island and Russell Island.

Macleay Island is the second largest of the four Bay Islands, situated 30km from Brisbane in the Moreton Bay Marine Park at the southern end of Moreton Bay. It is 6.5km long and 4km wide at its widest point. Protected by North Stradbroke Island to the east, Macleay is connected to the mainland by ferries and barges, which also connect to inter-island transport for the four Bay Islands.

More than 3500 people are resident on Macleay, enjoying several beaches for swimming and fishing, as well as a bowls club, golf course and boat club. There is also an Arts Complex consisting of a studio, gallery and pottery shed

I am leaving Macleay on the vehicle ferry. The jetty is currently being enlarged and there will be added parking. Currently you have to walk up a steep road to get to the shops and services, or take a taxi if you do not have your own car.

I have been going to MIAC..Macleay Island Arts Centre..where I take, and run, printing classes.

There is a Gallery there with exhibitions that change regularly showing local artist work. At the Gallery there is also Pottery and Painting classes. Most classes cost $5 a session and you bring your own materials.

Macleay Island has sandy beaches and mangrove foreshores. These are spots for fishing, swimming, sailing, picnicking and barbecues. A launch spot is the Dalpura Ramp towards the north of the island. Pat’s Park at the northern end of the island allows for swimming, BBQs, picnics and has children’s play equipment. The Anzac day services are held at the Cenotaph located there. The island has a skate park for the younger generation, which opened in 2014.

Other recreational facilities include boat, bowling and golfing clubs. The Heritage Trail is marked by signage for users. Macleay is also home to a growing community of artists, some quite well known, and the Arts Centre is well used by painters, potters, sculptors, plus other crafts. Bird watching is a popular activity. There are also various classes available in martial arts, tai chi and yoga. Dragon-boating has recently commenced from the boat club on Sundays.

Macleay Island

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The Tingira Boat Club is located on Macleay Island which is part of a group of Islands called the Southern Moreton Bay Islands.  Sundays, when the tide is right, are boating days, with the Club owning a number of Vagabonds and canoes, members can be seen enjoying the waters of Moreton Bay.
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The Club also enjoys an exciting Dragon Boat program where practice takes place every Sunday. Either at the Club or Karragarra Island depending on the tides.
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Each year the Club hosts the Macleay Island Classic, a canoe race around Macleay Island.

Dragon Boats

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A dragon boat is a human-powered watercraft. They were traditionally made in the Pearl River Delta region of China’s southern Guangdong Province out of teak wood to various designs and sizes.

What is dragon boating?

A dragon boat is a long (approx 12 metres) and narrow human powered boat used in the team paddling sport.

For racing events, dragon boats are always rigged with decorative Chinese dragon heads and tails and are required to carry a large drum aboard.

The crew

The standard crew 22, comprising 20 paddlers in pairs facing toward the bow of the boat, one drummer or caller at the bow facing toward the paddlers and one steerer or sweep at the rear of the boat

The paddlers sit facing forwards, and use a specific type of paddle. The leading pair of paddlers, called “pacers,” “strokers,” or “timers,” set the pace for the team.

It is critical that all paddlers are synchronized. Each paddler should synchronize with the paddler diagonally in front of them. This ensures that the paddling pace is balanced and all energy is spent on moving the boat forward. The direction of the dragon boat is set by the helm, not the paddlers. The lead paddlers are responsible for synchronizing themselves.

There are several components to a dragon boat stroke:

If paddlers are not synchronized, each successive pair of blades hits the water a fraction of a second behind the blades in front of them. To an onshore observer, this effect resembles the movement of a many-legged caterpillar or centipede; thus, a coach may discipline a team for “cater pillaring.” During a race, it is difficult to stay in sync as the sounds of other drums make it confusing or unreliable to time off the drumbeat.

King Tide Jan 3 In Brisbane

https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/brisbane-news/flooding-in-brisbane-following-king-tide-20180103-p4yy7u.html

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Parts of Brisbane have been inundated with water as an unusually high tide hit the city’s low-lying areas, including the Moreton Bay Island…..

The tide is due to the first full moon of the year and the extra pull it has on the world’s water.

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Russell Island Jetty under water at King tide

The Bureau of Meteorology’s tide predictions for Brisbane had Wednesday’s high tide hitting 2.75 metres, which was the highest tide prediction for 2018.

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hightide Brisbane

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https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/brisbane-news/flooding-in-brisbane-following-king-tide-20180103-p4yy7u.html

The king tides occur when the Earth, Moon and Sun are aligned at perigee and perihelion, resulting in the largest tidal range seen over the course of a year. So, tides are enhanced when the Earth is closest to the Sun around January 2 of each year. They are reduced when it is furthest from the Sun, around July   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_tide

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Tides are the movement of water across Earth’s surface caused by the combined effects of the gravitational forces exerted by the Moon, Sun, and the rotation of Earth which manifest in the local rise and fall of sea levels. Tides are driven by the relative positions of the Earth, Sun, Moon, land formations, and relative location on Earth. In the lunar month, the highest tides occur roughly every 14 days, at the new and full moons, when the gravitational pull of the Moon and the Sun are in alignment. These highest tides in the lunar cycle are called spring tides

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The highest tides in the world can be found in Canada at the Bay of Fundy, which separates New Brunswick from Nova Scotia. At some times of the year the difference between high and low tide in this Bay is 16.3 meters , taller than a three-story building.