I am on my way to a conference in Tottori prefecture in the southern part of Honshu on the Japan Sea side for a conference. I have friends in Tottori and nearby Shimane prefecture and one of them is here this weekend, so I will also visit both prefectures for the first time. These are my 40th and 41st prefectures visited out of a total of 47.
Downtown near Tottori station in Tottori Tottori, the least populated prefecture in Japan. It is known for the sand dunes near the city (which I plan to visit, perhaps sans the camel ride), seafood (crab and oysters in particular), as well as nihonshu (sake). I plan to partake in all three. My first night and it seemed pretty dead but, people were pretty friendly and I had more conversations on Friday night than all of my last weekend in Kyoto.
The shotengai (shopping street) these are all over rural Japan and some even persist in Tokyo, like Asagaya, where I live.
Near Tottori station.
I found a place nearby that had the local craft beer Daisen G and read my book, which started a couple of conversations on Friday. It is a sort of biography of an exploitation star/TV star/singer, Meiko Kaji in English. It piqued a few people's interest.
The manhole cover has a mural with two umbrellas from the yearly Shan Shan Festival held in August.
Very cool dragon carved street bench near Tottori station.
Live music outside a standing bar that was very busy-the patrons were behind me. I was talking to locals for a while here, before moving on to get some food.
I found a cheap and cheerful izakaya that had lots of local food and sake. That rock oyster is huge-it's just that the angle doesn't do it justice-it took two big bites to down. I love my Japanese pickles and had a small seating charge dish. I tried a couple of other local sakes as well.
Some sites encountered on my way to see the Tottori Castle Ruins.
The moat at Tottori Castle.
The Jinpukaku residence near the castle ruins.
The garden behind Jinpakaku.
The backside of Jinpukaku.
A shoe repair shop on the way back to the station. On my way to meet my friend Takayuki, an old Tokyo friend, in Yonago, Shimane.
Another wood carved dragon bench.
Outside Tottori station.