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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 ...
... time so they don't miss their stop. A jingle also plays at pedestrian crossings. It goes Der, der, dedip, deep, and then a little bird tweets at the end of the jingle. After a while it gets annoying and you want to wring the neck of that little chirping bird!!! Your senses get assailed with so much noise in the cities. But you see few live birds, though you can hear some chirp in the forest. I managed to sight one bird on ...
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One of the highlights of Takamatsu is the Ritsurin gardens.
There are no flowers, rather there are ponds and immaculately sculpted trees
and rocks and traditional tea houses. It is all so simple yet so effective. We
spent a couple of hours here just wandering and sitting and enjoying the
peaceful surroundings. We stopped and had a cup of Matcha tea at one of the
teahouses which was ...
... 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.
... Tom and Wills, we had an hour long catch up. During this call, we were contacted by the fabulous Jack and El, and so called them afterwards. Jack and El were also on a call to the marvelous Jesse. We were able to talk to Jack and El for nearly two hours and had a great catch up. After that, we called Jesse and were able to have a good quality chat with him for approaching an hour. By the end of this time, it was nearly midnight for us, and we'd ...