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Food, Flora, and Sakurajima

Sakurajima in Katanagatari episode 5

After procrastinating for months I finally processed the rest of the photos from my trip to Kyushu

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Sakurajima today, seen from Kagoshima

Seaside hot springs resort

Aerial view of Sakurajima

Convenience store

Vending machine + dinosaur


Shrine gate buried in ash

School with ash around the ground

Lava rocks around base of mountain

Older town

On the ferry

More volcanic rocks in the ocean

Small market/convenience store

Kyushu, located to the south of Japan, is a mountainous area with several active volcanoes. Sakurajima (櫻島 “Cherry Blossom Island”) is among the most active and it spews ash every once in a while, so nearby cities such as Kagoshima (鹿児島 “Deer Island”) are often covered in a soft gray powder. As you can see in the pictures, only one of the two peaks are active. There are caves for escaping eruptions and specially-built canals for channeling lava into the sea. If you watched Katanagatari, you’ll already know that because of these volcanoes, there are also quite a few hot springs (溫泉) around.

We visited several onsen hotels, though I didn’t bring my camera in. There were quite a few highlights, featuring stuff like a sky bath and a sand bath. Yukata (Japanese pajamas) are standard issue in hotels, as is the breakfast buffet.

仙巖園- “Sengan-en”

Old residential building (鹿児島)

Road through lawn

Shot of garden and ocean

Farm on some hills

No animals due to foot-to-mouth disease

Children playing on hill

Traditional building

Garden overlooking valley


Grass at base of mountain

Next up is some pics of the Sengan-en (仙巖園), a garden formerly owned by Shimadzu, the ruling clan of Kagoshima for several hundred years. There were also some residential buildings on site. I also visited a bunch of other gardens; it’s pretty peaceful there, and one could spend all day just lying on the grass and relaxing. I actually wanted to post more pictures but most of them ended up pretty crappy thanks to the cheap camera I got for free from some bank.

Anyway in conclusion, Kyushu is a nice place and the short time I was there certainly wasn’t enough to enjoy it all. However while this part of the country is definitely very charming, I would like to check out the excitement and buzz in a large metropolitan city like Tokyo sometime as well.

January 29, 2011 at 6:55 pm
  • January 29, 2011 at 7:02 pmPoiira

    Ahh, the rural parts of Japan are so pretty. :3

  • January 29, 2011 at 7:03 pm♕Croosboy♕

    ^_^. really is clean. not only that but artistic too.
    i guess the author of Katanagatari only used the mountain then used imagination to put it back into the past

  • January 29, 2011 at 7:04 pmaloneinwonderland

    There is a dinosaur! It’s beautiful.

  • January 29, 2011 at 7:12 pmrunedot

    It depends on the person, but when I went over to Japan, while I did enjoy the scenery, architecture and the like, the most fun I had was at Akihabara, Nakano Broadway and making the Lucky Star pilgrimage to Washinomiya Shrine.

  • January 29, 2011 at 7:16 pmArnaiyus

    Beautiful…I’m jelly!

  • January 29, 2011 at 7:28 pmkeiOnDaisuki

    wow, prooof! you went to kyushu. i’m jelly as well. XDD mah, i must know how to save money..tch!

  • January 29, 2011 at 7:50 pm0927123

    I’m saving to go to Japan on 2012. Screw the people who’s saying the world’s ending on 2012.

    • January 29, 2011 at 8:55 pmPuffy

      You have most of 2012 to visit Japan before the world ends sometime in December of 2012.

    • January 29, 2011 at 9:31 pmBossun

      The world would end on December 21, 2012, so even if it did, you’d have plenty of time to go

    • January 29, 2011 at 9:53 pmkeiOnDaisuki

      ahahaha! it’s nice to die in the place where anime came from..XDDD

  • January 29, 2011 at 8:08 pmg0rth0r

    Was there too this last November. The Arimura Lava Observatory was awesome to visit ! How was Sakurajima’s activity for you ? I witnessed some massive explosion (could see rocks flying from the crater) when I got there; quite the eerie atmosphere if you ask me.

    Anyway, I spent a whole month and a half all alone in Japan last November and I have no words to describe how it was; backpacked across Tohoku, Kanto, Chubu, Kansai, Chugoku and Kyushuu.

    Returning next year (just a week or two in Tokyo or something), will go for even longer 1½ after, when I’ll be done with my degree.

  • January 29, 2011 at 8:59 pmgcsasuke

    Wtf, issit really that clean in Japan?

  • January 29, 2011 at 9:15 pmsouthwind92

    man i really miss those family marts. they should have them in the states.

  • January 29, 2011 at 9:32 pmFrozenFury

    Very nice, did you go by yourself or did you have some friends with you?

  • January 29, 2011 at 9:32 pmgreen

    It’s so clean over there, city and rural… Can’t even see a bit of mould.

    It’s probably just the camera, but these photos look so… unreal and paint-like. (a good thing).

    Also, does anyone know what these flowers are?

  • January 29, 2011 at 9:32 pmBossun

    That Shrine Gate Buried in Ash is so awesome. Makes you wonder what else you’re walking on every day, buried over thousands, if not millions, of years

  • January 29, 2011 at 9:56 pmShirt

    Wow, that’s beautiful. Great camera shots. I’m using the old residential building shot as a wallpaper for my iPod. Very calming to look at. :D

  • January 29, 2011 at 10:20 pmLOL


  • January 29, 2011 at 11:20 pmlongtimefirsttime

    Kyushu looks amazing! During my visit to Japan last summer, I did not have time to visit Kyushu, but I would love to go in the future. My trip was mainly to Tokyo, but I also went to Chiba’s suburbs, Kamakura, Nikko, Kyoto, Osaka, Hakone, and Nara. Seeing these photos almost makes me want to start my own travel blog, but realistically, I wouldn’t have the time to update it or sort through my thousands of photos. To anyone who wants to travel to Japan and doesn’t know any Japanese at all, I would suggest, at least, learning to read katakana. You can teach yourself using many free internet resources which are mostly excellent. Katakana is useful for ordering in restaurants which serve foreign food (there are tons of these kinds of restaurants). Also, many signs containing foreign words will be written in katakana, so it will help you navigate a bit easier. Anyone who is dedicated can learn katakana in a few short days (even less if you don’t want to bother learning to write it).

  • January 30, 2011 at 12:08 amP0NCH

    Lovely Pictures :)

  • January 30, 2011 at 1:22 amMrRei

    I knew it! People could gain the ability to fly once they go to japan! No wonder most anime characters can fly!

  • January 30, 2011 at 3:58 amLee

    Thank you so much for the photos!!!
    So amazingly beautiful.

    I’ve never been interested in Japanese islands (more like only the usual Tokyo and Osaka and stuff), but this is very beautiful.

    In your opinion, is this kinds of place worth staying at for at least half a year? I’m going to Japan for internship and they asked me if I have any place preferences. It might sound otaku-ish, but I’d love to live in a place just like Natsume from “Natsume Yuujinchou” lived in. Peaceful, small and lots of nature.

    So would it be nice to stay there for so long? Or it’d be boring? I’m not a party animal though.

    • January 30, 2011 at 2:08 pmProoof

      It’s hard to say; I personally prefer living in a busy city but it depends on your tastes

  • January 30, 2011 at 7:06 amDon

    @Green: the flowers are snapdragons.

    Here’s a Sakurajima webcam. Usually you don’t need to wait long to see an eruption. It’s best viewed during daylight hours in Japan, though sometimes you can see some incandescence at night.

    Here is a video taken yesterday at Sakurajima.

    Just this past week a neighbor of Sakurajima on Kyushu, the Shinmoedake crater of Mt. Kirishima, put on a show. There’s much information and many links in the posts here.

  • January 30, 2011 at 12:55 pmWingZeroZXT

    damnhow to they get thier gras that green do they paint it or is that a photo shop jobby!


    • January 30, 2011 at 2:05 pmProoof

      go there and see for your own eyes

  • January 30, 2011 at 2:29 pmarixx

    Japan is such a beautiful country, I went there twice had alot fo fun but still I cant help but get the feeling that if only I have a Japanese friend he could show me around and my enjoyment would double or triple of the amount. Is one thing to visit and explore but having someone whos familiar with the place and showing you all the in and out of this beautiful country is totally different.

  • January 30, 2011 at 3:20 pmd as in tora

    What a great coincidence! I’m planning my Kyushu trip for June, too.

    I have a business partner who needs some hands at a convention in Fukuoka. I’m thinking a 7-10 days trip around Kyushu (Fukuoka/Hatate, Kumamoto and the biggest castle of Kyushu, some famous shrines like the Tenmangu, the Azo Volcano, and perhaps the Cherry Island volcano featured here if I can squeeze it in…)

    Any Katanagatari fan care to meet me and say Cherio?

    Prooof, by the way, how the hell you got that Aerial view of Sakurajima? You rented a heli.?

    • January 30, 2011 at 4:27 pmProoof

      heh I was on the plane

  • January 30, 2011 at 9:20 pminfo600

    o wow, a slow moving volcano…even slower than the one @ Hawaii…

    btw, why is that shrine gate 80% buried?

  • February 2, 2011 at 5:38 pmDragonite88

    I may be going Kagoshima to study lol. Thank you for your pictures I have a better insight. Thank you prooof.