There is a town in Shikoku, Japan called Shingu or possibly Kirinomori. Well, the park we went to was called Kiri mo mori and it was lovely. Sometimes it is hard to tell where you are in Japan- they name the Ken, then the “big” town, then the little town inside of it, then the neighborhood, then where you actually are. So in all likelyhood we were in both Kirinomori and Shingu at the same time.
What is Kirinomori? It is a lovely little park and collection of museum, gift shop, and guide center. There is also a “rocking buddha” as Derek put it. It is a huge buddha statue which is making the “rock on” sign with its hands. Very funny. I suppose there is probably a deep Japanese meaning to that symbol, but as with most traditional signage, it was all in Kanji and we couldn’t be arsed to attempt a translation.
Anyway, the highlight of Kirinomori is the stream. Swimming is allowed and many people go there on the weekends, but if you go upstream you can get away from the major groups and get some peace. It is beautiful.
At a cafe.
And the traditional Kirinomori omiyage is a daifuku filled with fresh cream. It is matcha on the outside, then azuki, then cream. YUM. Highly recommended.