A leisurely 10km stroll with Hiroko and Jun
04.06.2010 - 05.06.2010 25 °C
Hiroko (another Bordas exchange student) and her husband Jun very kindly offered to host us for part of our trip, and we've had a great time experiencing 'old Japan' with them today.
The four of us rode many trains and walked many kilometres to visit several ancient shrines and temples - plus Japn's second biggest Buddha statue, an astonishingly huge hollow bronze Colossus from the 13th century. Nerdia braved the crowded internal stairs and can now claim to have been in Buddha's belly.
We ate a lovely lunch of pork and vegetables (yes, Nerdia ate pork!)... plus fantastically yummy multi-flavoured gelato ice creams in groovy square-shaped cones. Oh, and toffee apples are nothing compared to toffee grapes - huge single red globe grapes on sticks, coated in crunchy purple toffee which is quite nice despite being the same flavour as the infamous grape Fanta.
Tiny, pampered dogs are everywhere - and by 'pampered' we don't mean they're treated to the occasional chew toy. Oh no, these miniature pooches are carried around in arms, sling bags, even baby prams! Most are wearing kitsch little jackets, fluffed up like pompoms and look delighted with the whole arrangement. We even saw a lady cradling a cat on the train! Charlotte would really like it here, though she lacks the Japanese sense of restraint.
Hiroko and Jun have a very stylish condominium in a lovely quiet 'suburb' on the outskirts of Tokyo, and are very gracious hosts. They're treating us to some delightful home cooking and all the fancy appliances of modern Japanese living, such as auto-flushing toilets with heated seats. Nerdia might even try an onsen-style hot soak...maybe.
Tomorrow we're off to explore 'modern' Japan, atop Tokyo Tower and beyond. Wonder if we'll walk 60,000 steps again, which is what Jun calculated we did today...
Nerdia and Plane Boy.