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... thick clouds, but to my fortune, along the coast the lighter sky allowed even some rays of sun to come through.
Shikoku Island has a population of a bit more then four million people, it's the least populated of the four island. In the mountains, I would have come across remote areas. Most people must live all along the coast ,you just go from city to city, from streetlight ...
... lords and eventually took 100 years to complete in 1754. From that time till 1870, Ritsurin Garden was used as the Matsudaira Family's villa. It spanned 228 years and 11 successive generations.
We spent about 2 hours wandering through the Garden. Lots of ponds, bridges and tea houses. Unfortunately, we are about 2 to 3 weeks too early for the autumn leaves. ...
... train. It is a double decker train and pretty much glass all around. The front four seats on the lower ground are just behind the driver's compartment, which is all glass as well. That way, you can observe what the driver is doing.
In this case, for the first half of the journey, the driver was under instruction. He has to point literally to the timetable on a clipboard, to signs and signals in and out of the train. He has a ...
... Shinkansen Shinji
It contained one of the first Shinkansen engine carriages very different from the modern ones it that the front was more conventional with a snub nose not the sleek arrow shaped ones of today.
In the afternoon we visited the Ritsurin Gardens which are on the outskirts of Kyoto. We came atthe North entrance which is close to ...
... bikes are steel step throughs with limited gearing for around town and on the flat. Bikes have a triangular stand flicking back off the rear hub and a permanent circular lock on the rear seat stays which would deter an opportunistic peddler but little else. Of great fun are the names. Photos today will show you the fun cross section of possibilities. Threads and Grub The shopping strip was quirky. We met a ladies clothes ...