Now in Japan, there is a “prefectural discount” to support the tourism industry, which has been slowed by COVID-19. This is a system in which the national and prefectural governments provide subsidies to allow users to travel at a discount. We took full advantage of it again this time and went to Atami Izusan – Shizunami Coast.
The first day is at Tokyu Harvest Club Atami Izusan.
今回の旅行ではここ伊豆山は経由地みたいなもので、メインイベントは2日目にこなつママと娘が行くFantasy on Ice 2022 というフィギュアスケートのショー。会場は静岡県のエコパアリーナ、3年前のラグビーW杯の日本vsアイルランドで大盛り上がりしたあの場所です。
The main event is the Fantasy on Ice 2022 figure skating show that my wife and daughter are going to on the second day of the trip. The venue is the Ecopa Arena in Shizuoka Prefecture, where the Japan vs. Ireland Rugby World Cup game was held three years ago.
While they went to see the show, I and Konatsu spent time at Tokyu Harvest Shizunami Beach. That was the second day.
Recently, the number of accesses to my blog has been increasing, especially from abroad. The table below shows the number of accesses by country for the past month. While I am surprised to see more accesses from overseas than from within Japan, I’m happy to see so many visitors.
Tomorrow is the summer solstice. I don’t know if it has anything to do with it, but it seems to be hot all over Japan today. I am here in Gunma for work, and it is as hot as midsummer here. Most dog breeds seem to be sensitive to heat, and Konatsu is also very sensitive to heat. This summer is going to be hotter than usual, too, which will be hard on Konatsu, who is very old.
This video is from a recent trip. We hope Konatsu will survive the summer with this energy.
And this is the road before the parking lot. I got out of the car and set up my camera, but the deer did not even try to run away, and I was able to take this picture. After this, we decided to go to “PIXY” in Izu-kogen for lunch.
This is a cafe where dogs are allowed inside.
It was Sunday and we were the only customers in the restaurant at lunch time. So we were able to spend a very relaxing time.
It’s hard to tell from the picture, but the seafood consisted of one prawn tempura, two amago tempuras (amago is a type of trout that is more refreshing than trout), and the rest were vegetable tempuras. This Tempra rice box was super tasty!
My wife’s was a Japanese bento. Both were very nice, cosy enough!
We went to Amagi Kogen for 4 days and 3 nights. The itinerary for this trip had been set long in advance, but two days before we left, Konatsu suddenly stopped eating and seemed to have no energy, and we were in a situation where we were not sure if we could go on the trip.
After much hesitation, I took Konatsu to the veterinary clinic on the morning of the trip to have her examined. The results showed that she had a slight fever (dogs’ body temperatures range from 38.0 to 38.5 °C, and Konatsu’s was 38.7 °C that day), but nothing to worry about, and her stomach was only slightly rumbling. Konatsu was given an injection to improve her stomach condition and prescribed medicine, and the veterinarian diagnosed that “She should be fine to go on the trip. So I decided to go on a trip.
And so we arrived at Tokyu Harvest Club Amagi Kogen.
In one corner of the area, there is a doggy lodge where you can stay with your dog. It was almost 1,000 meters above sea level, and the temperature was 17 degrees Celsius when we arrived. I didn’t think it would be this cold, so I didn’t bring any winter clothes…
Well, Konatsu was completely fine at night, probably thanks to the injection at the hospital in the morning, and her appetite was restored and she ate her supper as usual, which was a relief for us! Thanks to the doctor at the veterinary hospital!
The way back, the man pulling the rickshaw who came from the other side was also telling the passengers about Yoritomo. “Yoritomo is going to die in two weeks,” he said. I laughed when I heard him spoiling a story.
It is almost the season for hydrangeas to bloom. Kamakura is going to be overflowing with more and more tourists.
Konatsu is having his tartar removal done without anesthesia. The veterinarian recommends it because it is risky for her to have general anesthesia due to her age. Konatsu doesn’t like hospitals, but once she is on the table, she is a very easy patient for the veterinarian to deal with.
This is an antibiotic syrup. After tartar removal, the gums are slightly damaged, so this is given to prevent inflammation of the gums. But Konatsu doesn’t like it and won’t take it, so we have a lot of the ones we’ve had so far. What a problem…
The Kanto region entered the rainy season a few days ago, and we have been having rainy and cloudy days. I hope the rainy season will end soon because it is hard to take a walk when it keeps raining, but it will probably be like this for another month.
Didn’t take a picture, but her teeth are shiny too!
It’s such a beautiful day today, but it’s supposed to rain hard all day tomorrow. I’m looking forward to watching the Japan vs. Brazil soccer game tomorrow, but the condition of the field is going to be bad…
I don’t know what happened, but the page for creating posts on this blog has changed from yesterday, and it is very difficult to work. But that aside, my daughter came to my house last night. Naturally Konatsu was happy to see her, but her joy was short-lived, as she left for Nagoya early this morning.
The hydrangeas in my garden have begun to change color. Why is it said that Kamakura is famous for hydrangea? I looked it up and found that “Kamakura is surrounded on three sides by mountains, and because of the fragile soil, hydrangeas were chosen as a countermeasure to prevent soil erosion by keeping their roots firmly planted in the ground, and also to prevent them from becoming large trees”.
We have hydrangeas in our garden and they are beginning to bloom. I had never been interested in hydrangeas in our garden before, but when I took pictures of them, it seemed that there were many different types.
Except for the second from the top, maybe it’s just the color difference, but…
I have always said that Konatsu’s goal is to be 20 years old, but lately I have been feeling a little less confident about that. People often tell me that she still looks young, but it is clear that her movements are becoming slower and slower.