"" Writer's Wanderings: Ishigaki, Japan--The Limestone Cave

Thursday, November 07, 2019

Ishigaki, Japan--The Limestone Cave

The rainy remnants of a typhoon that had passed by us and delayed our flight to Ishigaki from Tokyo made us look for something to do out of the weather. Our kids had read about a limestone cave nearby so after our nice lunch at the Puff Puff Cafe, we drove to the cave. It was still drizzling a bit as we moved down the path from the ticket booth to the entrance of the cave. I wondered if we were dressed warm enough for the cave considering the weather outside.

I needn't have worried. The cave was surprisingly nice and warm. And it was spectacular! I've been to a lot of caves (one in Morroco that was supposed to be natural but you could see the drilling marks on the walls of the cave). This one is my favorite. It was huge, easy to navigate and the formations were all unusual and unique.

The stalactites and stalagmites formed curves and sheets that curled and looked like giant chocolate shavings (was I craving chocolate?). It resembled in some ways, a cathedral.

We spent about forty-five minutes or so exploring. I think I could have gone through it a second time. It was that beautiful but I'm sure the grandkids while they found it fascinating, wouldn't have appreciated a second look.

Once above ground again, the kids spotted the Blue Seal ice cream spot by the souvenir shop and we stopped for an ice cream break. Blue Seal is a popular ice cream in Japan and we would make several more stops during our stay.

God has made a wonderful world for us to explore, above ground, below ground and underwater. We have been privileged to be able to explore so many parts of it.

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