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... a hilly area. What gets my attention is that the roads are mostly flat and it seems like the hills just formed around the road. Of course it is the other way around but you catch my drift. On Corsica for instance, the roads would follow the flow of the landscape, hair-pinning up the mountain, gliding across hills, there the bits of land in between the hills is flat and the roads go there. Very interesting to see, actually.
Now I have scouted on Google Maps and ...
... informed that is is normal for fresh tatami. I suppose the warmth made it linger.
Also the next day, I went in search of a temple. On a map it says that there is a nice park, up the hill. Where there is a park, there is a temple, so, off we go. In the morning I started climbing the hill up to the park and at the start of the hill I am already greeted by a huge tree. It's trunk must have been five meters in diameter. Which is impressive, for a tree. ...
Next on the itinerary is the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, a modern, circular structure with lots of smaller galleries, a bit like the Myoryuji but with no secret passages and all on one level. A lot of the galleries are closed because, you guessed it, they were changing over exhibitions. Showing at the gallery is an exhibition by an artist called Fiona Tan, partly Australian, partly Chinese and now living in Amsterdam. ...
... does a loop around the city. We get on this at the station and our first stop is Kenroku-en gardens and the adjoining Kanazawa castle. The gardens are renowned throughout Japan as being one of the best. We wander around for an hour or so admiring beautiful trees, lakes and other plants. The trees are quite old and many of them have large wooden poles supporting their branches. Initially we think this is because there is ...
... lined with yellow-painted clay walls and a lot of the houses are very old but immaculately maintained. First thing i came across was what i thought was an open house for viewing. Turned out it was a little boutique full of VERY expensive porcelain and earthenware. I wasn't gonna get anything but then some sake cups caught my eyes and... well lets just hope they make it back to the UK in one piece :P
After that i wandered down to the Nomura Samurai house. This is ...
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