Fish Market in Kanazawa City! It is said that Kanazawa People has used this market since old Japanese period. And I can say this place has become famous that invites tourists around.

Fish Market in Kanazawa City! It is said that Kanazawa People has used this market since old Japanese period. And I can say this place has become famous that invites tourists around.

Let’s continue the story of last post. Have I told you more clearly that I was going to Japan for studying Quantum Monte Carlo simulation using CASINO program developed by Prof. Neils’s team under Maezono-sensei’s group? We managed to have a small excursion to Kanazawa City (still in Ishikawa Perfecture) on Wednesday 21th February. It was snowing rather heavily that day, we took local train from Tsurugi to Nomachi and met Matsuoka-san our guide from “Eye on Kanazawa” volunteer. He was so kind, and I might guess he was an English teacher before retirement. We visited Fish Market, Kanazawa (legendary[?]) market – yes – full of fresh fish products and pretty clean (compared to my country). The stalls were arranged neatly and the road was quite wide. It was bustling in the morning. Salmon, tuna, delicious green tea (yeah, I’m tea freak and it IS really delicious), fish-supermarket, squids, crabs, huge crabs, pretty huge crabs, super-duper-mega-bummer-huge-large crabs, octopus, taiyaki, strawberries, cabbages, lettuce – everything.

Kanazawa City. You can see tall buildings and hotels in the center of the city, but since Kanazawa is known as old town, you can always see the sky.

Kanazawa City. You can see tall buildings and hotels in the center of the city, but since Kanazawa is known as old town, you can always see the sky.

A brief explanation about Kanazawa, perhaps? It was located in the main island of Japan, don’t search it in east coast okay. It’s near South Korea, almost by the sea is Ishikawa perfecture. Sensei said that western Japanese’s dishes are more savory, and Ishikawa might be the coldest perfecture in main island. The temperature ranged about -3 to 4 degree Celcius when I visited Japan, and the snow was 20cm thick in the mountain. Ishikawa (石川) used 石 -ishi “stone” kanji and 川 -kawa- “river” kanji, means ‘the river on the right side’. Kanazawa (金沢) means golden (金) river (沢). The city is very famous of its GOLD. GOLD.LITERALLY. They have a traditional art called “golden leaf”, that is to decorate (almost everything, because I saw a rock was decorated with golden leaf too), including facial treatment for women, tea (you can buy some kind of pollen[?] golden decor to be put in your tea for tea ceremony) and cake (I bought one for my Professor). The price wasn’t that expensive, so try it.

It was once an old town beside Kyoto, you can visit traditional old street, Japanese mansions, samurai residence, attending tea ceremony, and everything. After we visit fish market and had lunch, we went to Geisha Street before enjoying White Kenrokuen Garden. Geisha street was a street of old times. It was full of old buildings, geisha residence, and a shrine. There were only two of six geisha [cafe? what is it called?] opened for public, almost all of them were closed. Some of them were transformed into souvenir shops, and the other restaurants. There was a small shrine inside the street, I had opportunity to draw a fortune-telling letter for 5 JPY. Matsuoka-san translated it to me, and all I could remember it was said I shouldn’t hurry in my journey ha! I tied it on the wood and… uh…. (yea, when I tried to tie it properly I tore it and got panic afterward)

and I couldn’t describe it by words only. Just see.

A shrine in Geisha Street, Kanazawa. Sorry, Chun Li, I couldn't find better picture...

A shrine in Geisha Street, Kanazawa. Sorry, Chun Li, I couldn’t find better picture…

Geisha street! One of the old street beside samurai residence.

Geisha street! One of the old street beside samurai residence.

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Do you remember Jakarta’s 17th January gigantic flood? It is said to be Nyi Roro Kidul (Northern Sea Princess)’s wrath which drowns the land with water that came from Naga’s stomach at Pluit (or to be scientifically speaking, human’s error and God’s judgement). Aside of Jakarta, Samarinda, Lampung and some cities that are flooded this month, fortunately Bandung isn’t one of the victim. edit: I forgot today is 30Jan

usual busy day in Bandung City, Dewi Sartika St. in the morning. It was clear day, a rare sight indeed

usual busy day in Bandung City, Dewi Sartika St. in the morning. It was clear day, a rare sight indeed

There is an old legend “Sangkuriang

Leumpang aing ka baratkeun
datang ka Bukit Patenggeng
Sakakala Sang Kuriang
Masa dek nyitu Ci tarum
Burung tembey kasiangan

Here I will tell you different version of Sangkuriang from wikipedia which I heard during my childhood. Dayang Sumbi was a beautiful girl who made batik pattern in pendopo deep in the forest. That one time, her canting fell below the marquee and she couldn’t reach it. Sighed, she promised anyone who is able to take her canting back to her will be her husband. And soon after, a dog took the canting and returned it to her – she was surprised, but couldn’t break her promise. She then married the dog which was god’s reincarnation and was called Si Tumang, and bore a handsome child named Sangkuriang.

Sangkuriang born as a hunter, strong and intelligent. One day, Dayang Sumbi wanted to eat meat, and Sangkuriang gladly went to hunt accompanied by Tumang. After a while, he couldn’t even find one boar, so he killed Tumang and took it to his mother to be cooked. After eating Tumang’s heart and Sangkuriang told her that he killed his father, Dayang Sumbi was extremely angry and told her son that Tumang was his father, and hit his head with woving equipment. Then the child ran away.

After years, Sangkuriang who had amnesia went back deep into the forest. He saw a beautiful woman, Dayang Sumbi who was in reclusion and seen young, and proposed her. They fell in love with each other until the woman saw a scar on Sangkuriang’s head and realized he was her son. Unable to refuse his proposal, she made a bet that Sangkuriang should create a lake and made a boat for their honeymoon in just one night until the roosters’ crowing. Sangkuriang agreed.

Dayang Sumbi was terrified after seeing her son’s speed. He was supernatural, strong, and was helped by djinns and spirits and the lake was almost done. The woman thought and quickly grabbed a white cloth, which she waved at the roosters. The roosters fell for it and crowed, signing the new day had arrived and Sangkuriang was lost. Angried, the man kicked the unfinished boat and left the dry lake. The upside-down unfinished boat became Mt. Tangkuban Parahu and the dry lake Bandung.

Geographically speaking, Bandung was like a dry lake – a big bowl – surrounded by mountains. If the flood were to happen here in my hometown – oh – Sangkuriang finished the lake (literally, we Bandung residents are all drowned). Fortunately, God is very kind. He only gives us the strong wind and not-so-heavy rain…

….and clear blue sky for some unknown-I-don’t-believe-it reason.

Bandung, 27th January 2013.... when Jakarta was flooded, her sister Bandung got blue sky....

Bandung, 27th January 2013…. when Jakarta was flooded, her sister Bandung got blue sky….

Bandung, 27th January 2013 near Kopo St, captured by Nokia N8's camera

Bandung, 27th January 2013 near Kopo St, captured by Nokia N8’s camera

Here are some Bandung scenery I captured:

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I don’t think my cloud photographs are worthy enough to be shared, but here we go. All of them were taken randomly at random time in random occassion by Nokia N8 camera and/or my old nokia phone, no edit or modification. Yes, all of them were taken in Bandung. Bandung’s sky is always uniform and white; only in dry season and some rare occassions and position you can see the blue sky. You can use these for free as stock, but please do credit me, or state these are not your original work.

bright blue sky taken from GKU Barat ITB; using my old nokia’s camera

dirty blue sky[?] in the afternoon; N8 camera

rare evening sky after class, ITB’s frontgate. Still using N8 phone camera

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