Tenant-less building near Miyoshi Station
Miyoshi is the Japanese version of Missoula, Montana. Mountain town. Intersection of major, yet rural, transportation. On a river. Small, yet fighting, tourist infrastructure. Seemingly depressed economically. Perfect for a photographer with an eye for detritus.
Signs celebrating the ukai along the Gonokawa River.
The city has a small ukai event going on. Ukai, for those who don't know is fishing using a living bird. I saw two boats full of tourists on the river watching it the night I went.
Sign at the entrance to Miyoshi's snack bar district and the entrance to Chibi, a closed bar.
I had the best tonkatsu, fried pork, dinner in Miyoshi. Riding my rental bike from the hotel I searched for a restaurant. It took a while on a grumbling stomach. I road by this place once and the smell was great, but, I rode on looking for whatever else was there. 15 minutes later I returned to Tonkatsu Wakaha (とんかつ和佳葉). Yes, I spent ¥2,000 on dinner, but IT WAS GREAT. I cannot recommend this little tonkatsu place more. Oh, and they have more reasonable things on the menu. I just went big that night.
Tonkatsu Wakaha... So good!
Bridge over Gonokawa.
I only had a few very tired hours riding around Miyoshi and wished I had more. The old house district was quite nice and I found everyone there very friendly. If my travels ever take me near there again I hope to spend some more time checking out the city and the amazing nature that surrounds it.
Out of service booze vending. In service planters.
Pedestrian walkway across the Gonokawa river.
Monument (name marker?) for the river. Notice how the government agency which originally placed the marker has changed names since it was first placed.