It is the rainy season and many of us feel trapped in our homes. Instead of stressing out from grey skies, let's go out and enjoy Mother Nature. In this season you can see beautiful scenery at Ushiku Numa (Ushiku Marsh). Why don't you come during your free time! You can see many beautiful plants along the lakeside. Especially visitors can see the ayame (iris) which is famous for its clear blue flower.
Take Route 6 heading towards Tokyo. In Ushiku city, you will find the intersection of Ushiku Station West Exit (not Ushiku Station West Entrance). Turn right, and then after 2-3 minutes of driving, turn left at the second traffic light. Follow the route (it will gradually get narrow). You will see a junior high school on the righthand side. Soon you will see an intersection, turn right there . Right away you should see Ushiku Numa and the iris field.
Once upon a time, there was a small temple at the edge of a marsh. In the temple, the priests were earlybirds. Even in winter, from dawn, they cleaned the big yard and inside the temple and polished the large luxurious bell. It was a kind of training for all priests. But among them, there was a young lazy priest. He never got up early. He didn't like training and all day long he lied down on the floor and ate. One day he noticed that his whole body had turned into a cow. He was so surprised and depressed, At last he decided to commit suicide by throwing himself into the marsh. He ran quickly to the marsh and an old priest followed him as fast as he could. "Wait! Wait!" he said as he caught the cow's tail. But the cow's body disappeared into the marsh and only the tail was left in his hand. After that the marsh was called Ushiku Numa (Ushikuu means eating a cow in Japanese).
This image is from the Ushiku City website:
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