About twenty minutes from my little town in the middle of nowhere is another even smaller town called Shobara. A few friends and I went on a little trip on our day off where one of them who had worked there before showed us around. It was actually surprisingly different in culture. Miyoshi is just big enough to have the kind of attitude where they don’t really care to meet new people or new foreigners. However with all the family run places and everyone knowing each other and few people traveling through, Shobara people seem to really welcome newcomers.
Now the real reason why I decided to write this post about Shobara is because it happens to have something very unique. For some reason they happen to have a very famous national park and lake. Every year they have a “Winter Illumination” festival where they put up some spectacular light designs.