What’s up and A Trip Report about Saitama

So it has been three months since the last update, not long enough, I would have forgotten having this blog. After a quick visit to my friend Totomai‘s blog, I got a little “motivation” in updating this nearly rusting blog by telling something about what’s happening to me.

Depending on how you look at it, I could just be “lazy” or just really “busy” having no time updating this blog. Lazy, in the sense that despite having a lot of time posting to my Flickr page almost everyday, I never had gotten one entry posted here in that three months. Busy, in the sense that I am always out almost every weekends. Honestly though, this year has been the heaviest travelled year ever in my stay here, which is, again, depending on your perspective it could be a good thing (I get to stretch the arms and leg of mine) and also a bad thing (i am spending more than I should). If not for our little plastic cards, I will be in complete debt. Shesh.

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What Alaine is spending on to when she shouldn’t be

But when away from the city, I am spending it nature.

Shibazakura in Chichibu, Saitama
From my trip last Spring in Saitama

The picture above shows, Hitsujiyama Park in Chichibu, Saitama, which is one of two places that is famous for Shibazakura (or “Moss Phlox” in English) in the Kanto Region. Unlike the one in Yamanashi though, you will not have the view of that famous mountain in this area, but still equally pretty. I have been eying on going to this place since I saw it in a promotional poster in the train during my early days in Tokyo. When I went there though, it was a cloudy day and the flowers were still not in their full bloom. Thus the picture.
If I were to ask which one is worth going to (as I have been to the Fuji Shibazakura Festival too), both would offer something different. Fuji has, of course, the mountain but Chichibu has a prettier landscape due to it being on the hill which gives a nicer contour to the place.

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