Hotel Alpha-1 Takaoka Ekimae
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... come onto the road, leading up to the Ryokan, it already looks kind of familiar. Nothing chanced since Google came by, rather, nothing has changed in 200 years. Well I suppose air-conditioning was installed, TV got wired and internet was connected but other than that you feel the authenticity radiating from the place.
When we drive down the driveway, one of the boys in the hotel grabs my bags and welcomes me in English. Excellent start. He motions me to take of ...
... stairs next to the tree there are all kinds of memorial stones and statues depicting Buddhistic deities, all covered in moss. I love moss. You know that, right? If I could have a moss garden with cactuses, I would be so happy.
Coming up to the top of the stairs is pretty cool. You start to see a massive wooden roof and the difference to a normal temple is that this one has no paint on it whatsoever. Just plain, old, wood. And this is exactly what made ...
... is largely video material and what you might politely describe as, out there, or impolitely as just plain weird. There is another installation by two artists from the Philippines which consists of a room full of cardboard boxes suspended from the ceiling and structured to resemble a village in Borneo.
After the gallery we have lunch at a ramen noodles shop. Ramen noodles are a bit like a laksa, we had minced pork. It was delicious. After lunch ...
... that the very old limbs will fall, but later we discover it's to support the trees when the heavy snow sets in. The castle was the home of the feudal lord Maeda. You can’t go into the actual castle but the grounds around it are quite extensive. The castle was used as a training ground for soldiers in WW2 and it is easy to imagine troops of young soldiers parading around here.
We wander back through the ...
... preserved and surprisingly large samurai house which belonged to a high-ranking samurai of the local lord. It had a FANTASTIC garden with a waterfall and series of pools with some huge carp (now the title makes sense! :P) swimming around. All very tranquil. Nearby was a soldiers residence which was similar in style to the samurai house but a fair bit smaller natch.
After that i went up to take a look around the Oyama Shrine which i believe is the ...
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