December 26-27, 2003: Local hotel
As we wanted to heal our one-year-accumulated physical and mental fatigue, we visited a local hotel in Downtown Oita. We reserved the hotel through the Internet.
Our room is on the 18th floor. Beppu Bay spreads just in front of the large window and a steel works is at hand on the other side.
|A lovely flower vase welcomed us in the room.|
|The room was simple but very spacious (45 square meters.) On the wall are the paintings of Australian Aborigine arts. They are very good as we got a Christmas present of the same kind calendar from our Australian friend recently.|
|We soon got out of the hotel to look around central Oita in the year-end. They sell so many New Year goods.|
|We returned to the hotel and enjoyed "Welcome drink" coffee served with a large quantity of fresh cream.|
|The familiar landscape of Oita looks fresh through the wide-opened window from the 21st floor restaurant.|
|The scenery turned to night like this, it was a reflection of the landscape on the big mirror of the wall.|
|The hors dfoeuvre of cod and crab meat was so tasty that we were very glad.|
|This is the dessert. Red strawberry and chocolate mousse were good as well.|
|We enjoyed sound sleep until late in the morning. The morning sun sends its first light to downtown Oita. On the right is a high tower crane to construct a high building.|
|Mt Takasaki is at hand from the window. The mountain range behind Beppu spa is turning morning red.|
|After the smorgasbord type breakfast, we walked down to Oasis Hall in which next year's NHK drama panels are exhibited. They will broadcast "Feudal Lord Sourin Ohtomo and its era."|
|About 450 years ago, Oita was called Bungo and was well known to the western world as an independent country together with Japan, the panels say.|
|The old buildings of Ohtomo were restored by computer graphic technology.|
|There were so many old buildings called "Ohtomo Main Building" or "Okuraba", the storage houses.|
|The New Year has already arrived here in Oasis Square.|
This is out Oita, through the hotel room. Mountains, Beppu Bay, and blue sky make a grand view in front of me.
From far left, Mt. Kuju, Mt. Yufu, and Mt. Tsurumi are covered with snow on the tops.
|Well, we will go home.|
|I found another "New Year" at the entrance hall of the hotel. Although it was just one night, we fully enjoyed the year-end.|