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Beautiful coastline but mixed feelings

New protection, old wounds

This morning I left Oirase and Oirase Keiryu hotel for the coast. It was a three hour drive so I decided to stop on the way, in Towada city, and visit the Towada Art Center.
I was very surprised by the size of the museum and the quality of the pieces exhibited in it. The art experience actually starts on the street: as an answer to a more and more deserted high street, the Arts Towada initiators decided to line it with big sculptures or art works such as the one below.

One of the several huge and amazing works of art along the avenue

The Arts Center’s building itself was designed by famous Japanese architect Ryue Nishizawa - who incidentally is one of the two lead architects for the EPFL Rolex Learning Center in Lausanne, my home town in Switzerland. No photos were allowed unfortunately so I had to sneak around corners to take a couple of shots...

Yoko Ono's famous wish tree. An apple tree was chosen because apples are the most famous produce of Aomori prefecture

One of the surprinsing pieces by Mitsuhiro Yamagiwa that can be found at the Towada Arts Center

After about an hour or so in the museum I hit the road again and drove all the way to the coast where I stopped at a view point. The coast I drove along boasts some of the regions worst affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Even knowing that, it was very surprising and disturbing to see signs along the road letting people know that this or that part was up to where the flooding came. A lot of mixed feelings driving along that beautiful coastline.

But to end this post on a sweeter note - have a look at the amazing apple mille-feuilles I had yesterday at Oirase Keiryu hotel. Gorgeous and delicious!

As good as it looks

Daily Quiz
The deadline for answering the quiz question for day 14 has passed.

In what month does Japan experience the most typhoons in an average year?

3%   July
44%   August
51%   September
3%   October
0%   None of the above

The correct answer is: August

An average of 3.4 typhoons affect Japan during August in average, making August the leading typhoon month of the year. This compares to an average of 2.9 typhoons in September, 2.1 in July and 1.5 in October. Yet, the We Love Japan Tour has been affected already by three typhoons since its start two weeks ago.

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