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A Day in the Country

Today, we spent the day at our close friends’ house east of the city, and their home is surrounded by trees. We had hot dogs for dinner, and we cooked them over a fire. But I took a few pictures, since we don’t get out of the city often.

Leaves are already starting to change colour
A new trail that they created.
A young peacock that they have as a pet.
A male turkey and a chicken.
This female turkey seemed to like me.
The tree is looking at you!

Do you live in or near the country? Or do you spend most of your time in the city?

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A Journey on Foot – Exploring

I love fantasy novels. One of the things I love about them is the discovery and exploration of a new world. You get to see exotic locations, unique cultures, and amazing landscapes. But I don’t live in a fantasy world. I’m in the real world. But that doesn’t mean I can’t explore.

On Monday, we went for a long walk. A 17.37 km walk, to be exact. We walked from our home, all the way to the western edge of the city of Fujisawa, and back. We saw some new things, tried a new restaurant, and went over familiar territory, as well.

First, we found a new park. It was actually along a route we’ve walked before. It just opened.

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There’s a small hill on the northern end of the park. This is the view. Kind of underwhelming, though. And it is winter, so the lack of greenery is to be expected.

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We saw several Shinkansen, or bullet trains pass overhead near the western edge of our walk. This one was heading toward Shin-Yokohama. That’s the front.

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The middle.

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And the end.

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The above three pictures were taken from a new bridge called Yoda Oohashi (or Yoda Big Bridge). It went over the Megujiri River, which you can see below.

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We got off the bridge, and you can see it below.

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We crossed back over the river, but another bridge. Below, you can see the new bridge.

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It was around noon, and we were hungry. We found an Indian restaurant, and decided to try it. Below, these are some deep fried onions with some curry flavour. They were delicious.

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Our meal came! The naan was huge. I chose the beef curry, and it also came with keema curry. It was a big lunch, and we had to burn that off.

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Here’s the outside of the restaurant. It’s actually a chain, so if you find Kabab House in Kanagawa, give it a try.

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On our way back, we took a familiar route that went through Keio University. Before the university, though, we saw some cows. Moo.

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Looking back, we tried to see the mountains. The tallest peak is Mt. Oyama, which we climbed back in October. However, it was quite hazy due to the warm weather. Mt. Fuji was not easy to see that day.

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And a look forward to where we were going. A lot of our walk was in a rural area. Quite nice to walk in the countryside.

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We made it home, tired, but feeling good. But this was only one day of walking. We also walked yesterday. That’s for another post.

Do you like exploring areas near your home? Let me know in the comments below.

City Living: I Want to Be in a Forest

I live in the world’s largest metropolitan area, the Greater Tokyo area with a population of around 36 million people.  I’m near the southwestern part of it, but nearly everything around me city. There are farms not far from here, but they’re crisscrossed by roads, houses here and there, and never far from a convenience store.  Last week, I went hiking in Kamakura. Occasionally, I saw houses and buildings from high up on the hiking trail, but I felt more secluded than I’d felt in a very long time. I know a part of the trail (that we didn’t go on) that is completely closed off from the rest of the city. No sounds, no sign of civilisation. It’s in a forested valley with a small stream and absolutely peaceful.  Kind of like this viral video.

Nice, huh? I want to go to the real countryside and go walking in a real forest that’s actually not surrounded by a great metropolis. And there, I want to walk around, look at the trees, listen to the sounds of the birds, and have a nice relaxing time. That’s where I want to be right now.

Where do you want to be?