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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.
... well south of Takayama. So some time for reflections.
Everything talks to you in Japan or makes a noise of some sort. The escalators, the lifts, the trains, the little machines the train cleaners push along the station, etc. They are particularly fond of a jingle. One plays just before a train departs or arrives at a train station which seems essential as so many people go to sleep on the train, it at least wakes ...
... 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.
... and a half bottles of wine. Whoops.
On Sunday 11th, we were hung-oh-ver, but needed to check out and see some of the sights in Okayama. We managed breakfast and packing well, left our bags with the hotel, and headed to Okayama castle and the Korakuen gardens. About a kilometre along the road, we happened upon some kind of food convention, ignored it, and went to the castle grounds where there was another kind of food convention. We ...