|The extension opened up 3.14.15...now that's a way to celebrate Pi Day! (Japainrailpass.com)|
Interestingly, our hotel seemed to be in the Red Light district of Uozu since there were several clubs with prostitutes milling about outside. But it's Japan so it felt very safe. After one of the prostitutes unsuccessfully called after three guys, she called out a very friendly "Kombanwa" to SMS and I. Not exactly knowing what to do, I decided to be polite and say "Kombanwa!" back.
|Submerged sugi roots- part of the museum is under the current sea level!|
The next day, we decided that we would max out our tourist experience in Uozu so we went to the drowned forest museum. When they built the harbor, they came across the submerged root structure of an ancient 2000 year old Japanese cedar (sugi) forest. Honestly, it sounds like they made lemons out of lemonade since it would probably be pretty annoying to come across a bunch of roots when trying to dredge a commercial port. So, they made it a tourist attraction!
At the museum, we saw two short movies which showed off two of the three tourist draws of Toyama Bay. One is the Drowned Forest, and two is the Spring "mirage" where the interface of different thermal air gradients creates a shoreline mirage. The movies had beautiful cinematography and highlighted the beauty of the area, which was cool since we were there on a gray, foggy day.
|I look how the squid feels, I think!|
|SMS, science guy!|
|Sign at the museum. Don't worry, SMS and I were in no danger of breaking this rule!|
|Restored outer wall of the Kanazawa castle|