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  • (folksy guitar music)

  • - [Micaela] Hi, good morning!

  • (speaks foreign language)

  • - I'm here with Momoko-San.

  • She is a drone-jo,

  • and today we are going to shoot various,

  • sight seeing spots around Aya.

  • And we're going to make them look really, really cool,

  • and really professional.

  • And she's going to teach me how to fly a drone,

  • so I'm really excited.

  • (both speak foreign language)

  • Momoka-San is a licensed drone pilot.

  • Flying drones in residential areas is prohibited in Japan,

  • but if you're a licensed drone pilot,

  • you can apply for special permission to fly.

  • So today, thanks to Momoko-San,

  • we'll be able to fly our drone here

  • in the small farming town of Aya,

  • in Miyazaki prefecture.

  • (high pitch buzzing)

  • This is the Aya Teruha Suspension Bridge:

  • One of the most popular landmarks in Aya,

  • and formerly the highest walkable suspension bridge

  • in all of Japan.

  • It is a 142 meters tall, and 250 meters wide.

  • So this bridge is not exactly for the faint of heart

  • or those afraid of heights,

  • mainly because the flooring is grated.

  • (Micaela chuckles)

  • Grated and you can see straight down to your death,

  • if you were to fall, if anything were to happen.

  • No chance.

  • (speaks foreign language)

  • It's the bridge code,

  • you have to be polite to people when you are on a bridge.

  • I just made that up.

  • If you can make it to the other side of the bridge,

  • there's a hiking trail that weaves thought the lush forest.

  • This is a very popular stop for nature lovers, hikers,

  • and thrill seeking tourists.

  • Another famous landmark is Aya Castle.

  • It sits atop a hill and overlooks the entire town.

  • Alright, so here is Aya Castle.

  • The thing that I like a lot about Aya Castle,

  • I've been here a few times already,

  • but the thing that I like about it is that,

  • for a castle, for a tourist spot,

  • it's always very quiet.

  • There's never anybody else here,

  • and if you want to just wander around,

  • and admire it, and take photos,

  • and go inside, and go to the top,

  • you can,

  • and you don't have other tourists getting into your photos

  • and ruining everything.

  • Whether you're looking at the castle from the town,

  • or looking at the town from the castle,

  • you're sure to be treated with some picturesque scenery.

  • (relaxed techno music)

  • (water rushing)

  • After a busy morning of flying,

  • we headed to the center of town for a quick break.

  • They have free WiFi there.

  • (speak foreign language)

  • So we're trading data.

  • We're having a data transfer party here in this little cafe?

  • Ice cream shop?

  • I've got dragon fruit ice cream...

  • (speaks foreign language)

  • - It's so good. I love the colors.

  • Over here they have this beautiful hina stand,

  • but we're gonna go see more of that later.

  • (gentle guitar strumming)

  • From the end of February to the beginning of March,

  • Japan celebrates the Hinamatsuri,

  • or The Festival of Dolls.

  • - Come on.

  • (speaks foreign language)

  • These are so cute.

  • This festival is celebrated all across Japan,

  • but depending on where you go,

  • everyone seems to celebrate it a little differently.

  • In Aya, they hold what is called a Hinayamamatsuri

  • or A Doll Mountain Festival.

  • Traditionally,

  • hina dolls are displayed on red-tiered platforms,

  • but in the town of Aya,

  • they place that platform on a man-made mountain,

  • and they decorate it with real plants and flowers,

  • and display them all across town.

  • (trickling water)

  • (speaks foreign language)

  • Over the course of one week,

  • this particular event draws visitors from all over Kyushu,

  • and it's a really great opportunity

  • to explore the more traditional side of Japan.

  • (speaks foreign language)

  • Wow.

  • You meet some pretty amazing people here in Aya.

  • Finally, it's the end of the day,

  • and we're going out for dinner

  • with my friends from town hall.

  • I've been waiting for this dinner pretty much forever.

  • So tonight we are having inoshishi nabe,

  • which is a wild boar hot pot,

  • and I'm so excited.

  • I've actually been dying to have wild boar,

  • ever since I came here,

  • and they told me that they hunt them here.

  • You can't really have the wild boar coming in

  • and destroying crops so it's actually legal

  • to hunt them in this area.

  • We are about to have this amazing nabe dinner.

  • I think it's safe to say that I have been looking forward

  • to this dinner ever since I came to Aya.

  • (speaking foreign language)

  • Wild boar in a miso soup base

  • with vegetables.

  • - Yeah.

  • - Yeah.

  • (speaks foreign language)

  • Wild boar nabe.

  • Mmmm.

  • (speaks foreign language)

  • It's really tough and chewing,

  • but it's a little bit sweet

  • and it has a bit of an after taste that I really like.

  • Hey guys, I'll be holding a meetup in Aya,

  • and if you live in the area I'd love if you'd come hang out with me.

  • On March 12th, I'll be at the Honmono Centre,

  • so come by and eat some of the local vegetables and fruits with me!

  • oh! and we should get the hyuga-natsu ice cream, that stuff is SO GOOD!

  • Sunday, March 12th, from 1:00pm! Hope to see you there!

  • Time is going by so fast here.

  • It's hard to believe my month in Aya is almost up.

  • I hope you're enjoying this countryside series.

  • If you wanna see more videos about Japan, don't forget to subscribe!

  • And, also check out my Instagram, cause I'm posting photos there pretty much every day.

  • And I'm really like my gallery and I want you to look at it.

  • Please, please, follow me on Instagram!

(folksy guitar music)

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A DAY EXPLORING A SMALL JAPANESE TOWN | 宮崎県綾町での田舎暮らし体験

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    Summer posted on 2021/03/31
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