Hotel Number 1 Takamatsu
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... Maples and plums. Autumn leaves not as evident as we are further south and not as cold yet, but Okayama does get some snow in winter. There is lots of water features, channels, ponds and lakes and it is all at varying levels which the engineer picked up and gave me a lesson in water hydraulics, water flow velocities, cumecs and that sort of stuff. For something finished in 1700, it is a pretty complex and smart piece of design.
... flatter land is densely populated. The cities look very ordinary from the train with mostly 60's style stalag apartment blocks that appeared in the economic boom after World War 2. Some cities were obliterated by American bombing so lost their historical buildings and of course many civilians also died.
Mind you the development seems to be creeping up the hills, and big high rises sitting on hills on the ...
... 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.
... some bamboo groves, found tucked away shrines, and so many beautiful and colourful carp in the lake. There were some giant herons in cages at one end, which we couldn't take good pictures of due to the wiring. It was a very peaceful setting.
We walked back towards our hotel and picniced by a water fountain opposite. We collected our bags and made use of our JR passes for the last time, and headed to our next destination - Osaka, again!