Imabari, Ehime (Oshima) – Day 2 (a)

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Shishoku is famous for their seaside view and true be it, the sea view enroute to Imabari was so beautiful. I guessed the seas would be crowded during summer times.

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There are many tiny islands that are connected by bridges so cycling fans usually would rent a bicycle and do a round island cycle tour. Photo taken from the bill board cos I figured I wont have the chance to admire such a view since we would be on buses instead of bicycles.

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Barii San, the mascot for this city. It is also pretty famous cos it won one of the most popular city representative mascot before. Yeah, you are right. Barii san also appeared in almost everywhere and everything that is representative of Imabari.

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Bus entroute to another island.

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Bus looks like still much dated to the 70s to 80s.

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imabari Day 2
People are still living in this building even though it looked like on the verge of ruins.

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Livelihood on this island is still pretty much fishing.

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First is to fill up our tummies with more fresh sashimi.

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Main reason why we came all the way to Ooshima、is to experience the whirlpool boat ride.

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The creation of the whirlpool is due to the high speed that the currents are moving in the narrow stretch amongst the islands. Not very obvious during my boat ride as it is more obvious during the change of tides.

But still it was great to be out to the sea to breathe in some fresh air.

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Blessed with perfect photo weather.

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imabari Day 2
The video snap showed the much more obivous whirlpool if we were there during the tide changes.

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Cute kiddo monks.

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Since we were already there, we popped right opposite into the original Pirates of these islands even though in Kanji, the words says “water soldiers” but in reality they were pirates until much later when they were drafted to be part of the Japanese navy.

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Barii san dressed up!

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Back in the days when they were pirates. The museum depicted the days when they were trying to survive.

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imabari Day 2
You can also put on the costumes available for a photograph for souvenir free of charge. But we were there too late.

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Problem sum from a Mathematics text book back from 1947.

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Original chalk notice board from one of the school on the island before it was closed in 1977. I just thought that the handwriting was too pretty! I can’t write so well.

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