+travel++japan++fukushima prefecture++iwaki++december 28 2010

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AFTER all that gorging on raw fish and rice, I was ready for some railwoad action, and maybe even a sleep against a warm and sunny window. Thankfully, Kenichi had suggested coasting along the Ban'Etsu East Line which runs from Iwaki, a few stops down the line, to Koriyama. That's the same Koriyama I had transited in, two winters ago, on my trip to Aizu-Wakamatsu on the Ban'Etsu West Line. In the early afternoon Kenichi and I changed trains at Iwaki, where they have a big department store called La Tov or something like that. As Wikipedia reports, the Ban'Etsu East Line runs for 85km through winding hills, many of them thickly forested. Streams crashed down from the heights, while jet contrails slowly drifted down to earth. I have a cousin called Kellie who claims those hikokigumo are not contrails at all, but chemtrails. She told me all about it, one winter at the end of 2006. Halfway to Koriyama, after dozing off for a while, I woke up to find the landscape outside blanketed with snow. I love it when that happens! The snow got thicker the closer we got to Koriyama, and I took some photos from the train around places called Iwaki-Tokiwa, and Miharu ("Three Springs"). It is just a taste of the wintry wonderlands which await you on the other side of Koriyama, on the Ban'Etsu West Line. I would have loved to have taken the train again to Aizu-Wakamatsu, but we didn't have time. So I bought a bottle of green tea at Koriyama Station, and Kenichi and I headed back to Tokyo...


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