Tuesday, August 31, 2010
I confess to being more than a little unsure where one lantern leaves off and the next commences, but so be it. Lanterns are an integral part of Japanese festivals and culture, and whether or not you remember their names, it is easy to appreciate their charm.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Saturday, August 14, 2010
S(team) L(ocomotive) Land, Sumon Mura, Niigata. How did this train get here? The nearest line is only 2k distant, but the way is narrow, winding, and steep. A forlorn engine and sleeper car, neglected for some time. Twenty years ago the SL and neighboring campground and hot springs would have been a bustling tourist attraction. Today, the place is sadly derelict but by no means unique; the Japanese countryside is dotted with such mementoes of the bubble years.
A wet 175k on the motorbike, though this is not evident from the photos. I had my first flat ever on the machine some 50k from home on the outward-bound leg. Although it was his day off, Mr. Shimizu fixed my wheel, made some adjustments to brakes and chain, and even gave me a discount on the labor. Thank you, Shimizu-sama.