Seashell wonderland in Japan

The top story — perhaps the only story — right now is Japan. The horrific combination of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown is almost worse than anyone can imagine. Yet through the entire tragedy, there hasn’t been one reported incident of looting or civil unrest. In fact, it’s been just the opposite. The courageous Japanese people are facing this incredible crisis with discipline, class and honor that befits their grand culture. I think it’s safe to say that very few other nations facing such disaster would act with the kind of grace under pressure that Japan has displayed.

Just several day before the tragedy I wanted to tell about Fantasy-Kan, which was seashell wonderland in Japan. It is a little outside of Nagoya in Gamagori City, Aichi Prefecture. Gamagori is situated on the coast and within the bay of Mikawa. This was a “fantasy museum’ with lavish dioramas of an underwater world, where everything was made from thousands and thousands of seashells. The Fantasy-Kan was in the book Roadside Japan. This place included the museum part and the cafeteria/restaurant. It is a truly spectacular and breathtaking space. You should definitely visit the place after Japan recover from latest event.

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