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Morning drizzle and cloudy skies today. Top about 17 degrees, though felt warmer at times.
After the bus debacle yesterday we caught the "street car" or tram today. Visited Korakuen Gardens which are over 300 years old. Considered to be one of the 3 top gardens in Japan. Different to Kenrokuen Gardens in Kanazawa (which are also in the top 3) with wide areas of open lawn, tea plantation and rice field, cranes in an aviary as well as groves ...
... at night with all the lights on, very ugly view by day.
We settled in and then made a mad dash to catch a bus to Korakuen Garden (1 of the 3 best in Japan). Right bus stop, but wrong bus! We have been spoilt in the other major centres with English signposting including on buses, but seems Okayama has avoided those changes. Ended up walking for ages and gave up on visiting the garden today.
So far Okayama ...
... with three
children ages 8, 4 and 1 ½. Needless to say she has a pretty busy life. Well we
have been in touch with her since arriving in Japan and she happens to live just
outside of Takamatsu in a small seaside town. She arranged to meet us at the
train station with her children and invited us to stay with her family. It was
great to see her after 18 years. Turns out she had been teaching English to
... we were safely ensconced in our room at Benesse House on Naoshima. It is a beautiful spot and our room looks out over the Seto Sea. For dinner we ordered the bento boxes (containing traditional Japanese food). It is very quiet here, the beds look very comfortable, and our room is just wonderful. A good nights sleep is on the cards before exploring some of the art museums tomorrow.
... top floor and watch more guns being fired below. Still confused about what was happening, we headed down through the castle to look at the displays. These were mostly outfit or costume related. We figured they weren't real, or we wouldn't be able to take photos of them.
We crossed the river and headed to Korakuen garden; known as one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan. It was extremely pretty. With autumnal colours coming out, we ...