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1. Shells in a sandbox

Even though the park isn’t close to the sea, you can often find shells in a sandbox. Why? It’s because the sand was brought from the sea. When we are small, we tried to find as many as shells when playing in the park. This is what we call “Kaigara-hiroi” in Japanese, which means Picking up shells.

These are the shells you may find in a sandbox in a park.

Spiral shells (Lucky!)

If you find spiral shells, you are lucky! because there are much less spiral shell than bivalves.

Shell collection

Some girls tend to collect beautiful shells, such as pinkish ones.

2. Acorns

In some park, you can find a lot of acorns on the ground.

Like it is seen in the film “My Neighbor Totoro”, acorns are familiar seeds to Japanese people.

Acorns are edible too. It is used for cookies, cakes etc, though it takes time to prepare.

Dongri-hiroi

Kids have fun to collect as many as acorns. Counting how many we have collected is also a big fun! It’s possible that you collect more than 1000 acorns if you have enough energy like kids and find fun in Donguri-hiroi. (The number 1000 is the one I actually collected in a park when I was small!!!!)

3. Coins

After a big event, you might find them on the ground…

Especially it is a big park where flea market, market or summer festival are held, there is big possibilities to find small coins.

Flea market

Summer festival

After enjoying them, watch out carefully on the ground!! (But pay attention, there’s a big possibility that people stare at you with finding you stranger…!)

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