Nima and Elisabeth in Tokushima
This past Wednesday was a National holiday in Japan and the night prior my dad’s friend Nima and his wife Elisabeth came to Tokushima. As teachers at the University of Puget Sound in Washington, both are traveling around Asia with over twenty university students. The near year long trip has brought them to Japan for one month and with some free time away from their responsibilities, they came to Tokushima for 1-night and a day. With a teacher from my JHS school, we visited a few popular tourist attractions in Tokushima: including a trip to the Naruto Whirlpools, a stop at temple number 1 of the 88 Temple Pilgrimage tour, a visit to the Awa Odori Museum and a ride up the Mt. Bizan Ropeway.
When visiting Tokushima, a trip to the Naruto Whirlpools is definitely necessary. Under the Ohnaruto Bridge which connects Tokushima to the Awaji Islands and Honshu, a 147 feet high (45 meters) promenade style observatory with glass floors has been constructed in order to view the famous whirlpools. Caused by the ebb and flow of the Pacific Ocean and Japan Inland Sea tides, the incoming and outgoing currents form the swirling waters – sometimes more than 65 feet (20 meters) wide.