The last weekend of May on our weekend trip to Shimokita we had two goals, these hairy horses and the lighthouse was our first. “Shiriyazaki Lighthouse” (尻屋埼灯台, Shiriyazaki tōdai) is a lighthouse located on the outermost extremity of Cape Shiriyazaki, the northeastern-most point of Honshu, in Higashidōri, Aomori Prefecture, Japan.
The lighthouse is surrounded by free-roaming wild horses that are very tame and friendly. The area is famous for these lovely animals which are also known as “Kandachi-me” which literally means “horses standing in the cold wind.”
We arrived late morning to find most of them flaked out on the damp grass snoozing. These wonderful animals stay outdoors all through the year, battling the most extremes of weather from the freezing snow blizzards and tons and tons of fallen snow all winter long to scorching hot humid summers. They seemed to be at perfect peace during this spring Saturday, happy as Larry with the luke warm damp day. They are fairly hairy and have huge bellies, no doubt the bellies are in preparation for a sudden change in weather which can be expected at any time. These horses are true survivors, not even a slight chip on their shoulder from the miseries they battle, no obviously cranky ones at all, the gentlest of creatures. Among the huge bellied creatures were brand new baby foals, I couldn’t help but feel a little sorry for them born into a family of the most enduring of creatures. They will soon be big and hairy though and I hope it won’t be as miserable for them as I imagine. Gambatte (GOOD LUCK)
We drove through hours and hours of green, the GREENEST of GREEN. The mountains are carpeted in a think fluffy layer of forest that had us drooling with greenness.
Hidden inside the carpet are many wonderful creatures, unfortunately we never made it to the area famous for monkeys but we spotted a ‘Marten’ (we think) and a ‘Kamoshika’ which are like mad hairy goat animals that stand and stare a lot. Click here for Wikipedia. They are timid animals but they wait a while to check you out before doing the skidaddle. We managed to catch him for a quick photo shoot but then Allie got a little ambitious and stomped too loud and he scampered. This cute fella was missing a horn.