Monday, April 2, 2012

Spring Brings Flowers, Water, and a Castle!

Today we finally all had a day off, so got out for an adventure.  Luckily there was no rain so we walked a mile and a half up to Iwakuni Castle.
Our family in front of the castle
Here is the view looking down from the castle...
Along the way we got to see lots of new spring blossoms and interesting water features...
This is a video I took of one of the interesting water routing systems they have on the hill climbing up to the castle...
video
Here is water coming down a pipe with cups to drink it.

Here are photos of another similar water feature...

We were even able to capture the start of Sakura (cherry blossom) season...

Down the hill from the Castle was this beautiful pond structure...
On the way out, we got to see a beautiful park and fountain, which our children could not resist.


(We had to hold our daughter so she wouldn't jump in.)  They both still got their shoes wet.






Then we walked over to the river and couldn't resist putting our toes in the sand...

Hopefully we will have the time to go back next weekend to see the blossoms around the bridge in full-bloom before they all fall.


We are quite thankful for the warming weather and beautiful sunshine.

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