Oct 26, 2017
Bright sunny. The typhoon had destroyed half of the flowers in Kuju Flower Gardens. So a 50% admission fee is given. We did not want to visit it. We went to the Aso City mountain to view the hills and valleys and the small Yufuin Floral Village.
Two shops side by side sold some non-wool fashion berets, displaying the 5 or 6 colours you had seen women wearing in my previous blogs. The first shop had poorer quality. Manufacturer of most of the beret is from China. In these shops, I discovered how the berets were worn to fit the head, without falling off.
In Yufuin Floral Village, there was an old thin lady in an art gallery wearing a light brown beret telling me, "No photos" as I was taking pictures of the sole artist she represented. Non-woollen and 80% woollen fashion berets were seen in younger women as shown below:
Two shops in Yufuin Village sells berets.
No pure white berets. Elastic bands, inside ribbons to tie and rolled in bend were used to hold the beret in place.
In Aso mountain top, I saw one beret worn. The other was a cap.
This area is peaceful, has clear air and was good for chantinng.
At a lunch place, I saw a young lady wearing a cloth fashion beret. Fashion berets
are not taken off during meals.
Checked into Suginoi Hotel in evening. Sulfur smell of air from various hot springs in this Oita prefecture. I saw a beret-like mist on the mountain top from my hotel.
In conclusion, it appears that no pure woollen berets are available from the smaller shops. They sell around 1,000 - 1,500 yen and appeared to be the ones worn by the young ladies of Japan.
Yufuin Floral Village is a small area which has English-themed shops
such as the Owls from Harry Potter's novels, Heidi and the Beatrix
rabbit. A Bengal cat cafe is present. It was started by a businessman in 2016. The roofs of the shops are so low such that you can touch it. It has expanded and takes some 30 minutes to explore by tourists in coaches.
A beret-like shrub seen at lunch area.
A small steakhouse next to a resort. Full house during lunch time. So we left. "Hills" remind me of a lady who runs a company called Hills .....This company logo looks like two berets?