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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Tsukuba: Just Another Bus Tour Post

For the nth time, I joined a Filipino organization in a bus tour - this time in Japan's science showcase, the city of Tsukuba in Ibaraki Prefecture.

Our first stop was the Tsukuba Expo Center which greets visitors with an impressive 50-meter high full-scale model of the Japanese-made H-2 rocket. Once inside, we were exposed to many Japanese inventions, like the ocean floor investigative submersible and the modern nuclear reactor model.


And of course, could one talk of Japanese science without mentioning robots? Meet two of them - my new friends whose names I forgot, hehehe.


The Expo Center also boasts of the world's largest hemispherical dome for a planetarium. There we were re-introduced to the stars and other heavenly bodies, reminding me of the days in the province when we would scour the skies to form the constellations.

Our next stop was an orchard for the requisite fruit picking - this time pears. On the way to the farm, I spotted this cemetery by the mountain.


Third stop - a large flower farm. The vibrant colors charmed me but somehow, there were other creatures there that grabbed my attention. But I am reserving the pics for my next post. :-)


And finally, we went to the peak of Tsukuba Mountain via cable car. We were tired, but the beautiful sunset was enough to soothe our nerves. Twas a great way to cap a day.

16 comments:

Abou said...

ayos na tour. me scince at nature

I am Xprosaic said...

I love robots... lalo na si asimo... but nothing beats a wonderful sunset... Galing!

carlotta said...

nice tour! lovin' those red flowers and the sunset. :)

did you also get to pick flowers aside from fruits?

Abaniko said...

And I thought you'd wax philosophical and write about how the robots on display moved you to tears.

Nortehanon said...

Hello Mano Aryo,
Thank you very much for dropping in at my blog and leaving a comment. I am happy to have found another Nortehanon blogger. I have been looking for fellow Nortehanon bloggers hehehe.

Looks like you're having a great time in Japan. Hala, kay pirmi nala kami igpasyada dida through your blog ;)

Salamat utro.

r-yo said...

abou: nataon lng na medyo magkakalapit ang mga site. otherwise, puro nature lng sana. he he

r-yo said...

xprosaic: oo nga! andun nga si asimo. masyado nga lng syang familiar kaya di ko na piniktyuran. heheh

r-yo said...

carlotta: me flowers for sale. kaya lang wala naman ako mabigyan kaya pics lang talaga na pick ko heheh

r-yo said...

Abaniko: Ganun. Sorry, wala sa mood. :-)

r-yo said...

Nortehanon: Welcome sa akon isla. Tara, pasyada kit!

val said...

when i got home, ill tell my friends na ive been to the places u mentioned.hehe. naipaliwanag mo nman maayos kaya indi nila ako mbubuko!hehehe!

Knoxxy said...

nice site!

Kikit said...

your camera didn't fail you this time! :)

Anonymous said...

wow perfect sunset sir! hmmm i can feel the serenity..the calmness.. a pause ...

boredmate said...

very nice!!!

Rico said...

Techie tour and then nature tour after. Sa Japan lang yata ganyan, mas techonological progress pero hindi sira yung nature.