We left the Joban expressway at Kita Ibaraki; Hiro indulged my preference for seeing as much coastline as feasible. The area around the coast here, which included the northern parts of Hitachi seemed quite recessed, though we were passing through and I can't say that with any certainty. I imagine it's an area that has been hit by industrial offshoring. Jobs that used to be here have moved to parts of Asia where cheaper labour is available. A convenience store was advertising for staff at 650y (about $6.50 an hour)... it might not be much longer before they start moving back to take advantage of the cheap wages....
|Typical scenery in Ibaraki and Chiba. Flat land, rivers, |
and low bridges painted blue.
|Hiro's fish - fish of the day - was frozen and not very tasty.|
Heavy metals, radiation, what's your choice of poison?
It's possible the fish was never all that flash here, and the
radiation is an easy excuse... but I doubt it.
|Mine was also dry, dried and salted and not very appetizing.|
It's not a complaint, just a comment. There are much greater
worries in the area than whether a piece of fish is juicy or dry.