At some 16 kilometers in length, Tottori's sand dunes are the largest in Japan, and part of the Sanin Kaigan National Park. The writer of the Totorri section of the 3rd edition of the Rough Guide to Japan hadn't been too impressed by them though and dismissed them as "not worth going out of your way to see" but I'd beg to differ and say that, coupled with a visit to The Sand Museum nearby (and an incredibly good value 2,000 Yen uni and ikura-don lunch at an eatery located in between the two attractions), my day trip there from Matsue made for one of the highlights of my recent Japan vacation!
Can you believe that this Coronation of Charlemagne piece
created by Chinese sculptor Zhang Yan is made of sand? :O
And that it's just one of a number of large works of art created
by an international team of sand sculptors on display at the museum?!
Prone to collapse and temporal, I think their non-permanent nature
endears these amazing sand sculptures all the more to a people
whose culture celebrates such as the flowering cherry blossoms
Puppet Ponyo poses in front of a backdrop of sand sculptures
of German castles and court scenery -- and yes, the current exhibition's
theme is Travel Around the World in Sand -- Germany :)
Now for the natural sand wonder -- and what it
lacks in finesse it makes up in size!
Some people try -- and fail? -- to go up
the steepest part of the sand dunes
I, meanwhile, opted to head first to one of the sections
of the sand dunes where wind ripples can be viewed
One last surreal sight as I was leaving Tottori --
camels crossing the road at the end of their work day! ;b