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... looking from what i know!
Today confirmed what i knew about Japanese: they are not very fit and ready to walk! After getting the city map from the tourist information and telling the lady we wanted to walk everywhere, she looked horrified. I also noticed that Japanese don't walk up the escalator ever and generally speaking walk very slow.
Walking all around this town yesterday, about 10km walk in total, with various historical sights mainly about the young samurai's that committed mass suicide here at the time of the civil war (1868). Also quite impressive is the Tsuruga-jo castle, totally destroyed but rebuilt for us to visit.
... century harpsichord or piano forte. Go here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JX8Og4il c8M to listen. It sort of sounded like a stage entrance to She Stoops to Conquer.
Saitama Super Arena: Home of many K-1 kickboxing matches, Pride Fighting and I think even the UFC has used Saitama. Its pretty cool looking even at 200 mph.
A sign for a company called, "Moon Bat" : That is all.
... Drove to Southern Aizu area to search out the rural *magariya* L-shaped thatch roofed farmhouses
Day 4: Cycled to Kitakata. Sake breweries and 4100 kura (historic clay storehouses)
Day 5: Cycled around Aizu Wakamatsu: Samurai compound.
Ahh ... the ryokan. I'd been looking forward to this throughout the trip. Our choice, Taki no Yu (Taki = waterfall; Yu = hot water/spring) is on a hillside very close to in-town Aizu. However, the secluded setting and naturalistic views makes you feel miles away.
You enter the ryokan area (there are several, large and small, new and very old) through a large gate across the road. As you walk across the bridge, you can look down into ...