Shōdo Island

小豆島は高松の沖にある島です。フェリーで1時間乗り、5つの面白い場所に訪れました。日本は多くの小さい島から成っているか知らなかったから、外国人にあまり人気がないところに行って良かったです。Shōdo island is an island off of Takamatsu. We took a short one-hour ferry ride and explored five interesting places of interest. I didn’t know there were so many different little islands so I’m glad that I got to experience something so new.

第一に、小豆島オリーブ公園に行きました。名物はオリーブですが、皮肉なことに初めて植えられた木がアメリカから輸入されました。公園内には、店、展示会、美しいウィンドミル等があります。短い訪問なのに、とてもリラックスする感じがしました。The first place we visited was the olive museum. The local product on Shōdoshima is olive, although ironically the first trees planted were imported from the U.S. The museum has a small store, olive tree exhibit, restaurant, and a beautiful windmill. It was a short visit but it was so relaxing.


第二に、二十四の瞳という有名な映画が取られたところに行きました。この映画を聞いたことがないけれど、クラシックな日本文学に人気があり、本に基づいているそうです。ストーリーは、先生が小豆島に小学生を教えに来て、戦争が起こってしました。悲しそうのに、本当に見たいです。その伝統的な小さい町を歩くのはとても素敵です。The second place was the area where they filmed the famous movie, Twenty-Four Eyes. Now I have never heard of this movie, but it is apparently very popular in classic Japanese literature as it was based on a book. The story is about a teacher who comes to the island to teach some school kids, but then the war breaks out and tragedy occurs. I really want to see the movie now although it will probably be super sad. It was so fun walking around the small town and looking at an old Japanese school, right by the water.

その後、近くのホテルで和風の定食を食べ、内容があまり分からなかったけど、面白い経験でした。海産巻き貝のようなもの以外に、全部は美味しかったです。After the visit we ate lunch at a nearby hotel. The meal was a set Japanese menu and it was sure an experience. I didn’t know much of what I was eating, but it was really delicious except for the sea snail creature which had a very unique taste.

第三に、地元の醤油博物館に訪れました。行き帰り時に、かわいいサインを運んで、歓迎する雰囲気を作り出しました。様々なサンプルを食べ、一つのは今まで食べた中で最高のサラダドレッシングでした。一個は八千円以上なので、買わなかったんです。小豆島は小さいですが、ものが何数製作されるなんて、すごいです。The third place was a local soy sauce museum. They welcomed us when we came and left and it was so cute. They gave us samples and one of the samples was a salad dressing, and it was the best Japanese dressing I have ever tasted. A bottle costs over $80 so I of course didn’t buy it. It is amazing to see how many things are manufactured on this small island. 

第四のところは、山までケーブルカーで登りましたけれど、曇っていたので全然見えなかったんです。For the fourth place, we took a cable car all the way up into the mountains. Unfortunately it was very foggy so we couldn’t see the good view, but I enjoyed myself anyway. 

最後のところはある古い木だそうでしたが、バスで寝ているから覚えなかったです。動いてる車で眠りやすいですね。The last place was visiting some very old tree, but I don’t remember because I was asleep in the bus. I always fall asleep when I’m in a moving vehicle.

小豆島は忙しかったけれど、明日京都に旅行して楽しみです!Super busy day in Shōdoshima, but tomorrow travel to Kyoto so I am very excited! 

October 27

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