By: RaY KinZoKu

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Sunday, 29-Aug-2004 00:00 Email | Share | Bookmark
Nippon ReVisited : ~ Kako ni modotta ~

The garden & castle layout..
..the outer wall..
..heading to the entrance..
..the map of Okayama-ken..
..there's a museum nearby...
..ticket vending machine..
..."koi" or Japanese carp..
..soothing scene..
..feeding the carps..
..shops selling gifts & Japanese sweets.. seen from the shops..
..summer practice not to be tried during winter..
..a lone carp..
..trying to get my attention..
..Okayama Castle seen across the moat..
..getting closer..
..ah haa! ...
..kabuto (helmet) and yoroi (body-armour)..
..another set..
..katana (sword)..
..the daimyo (lord) of those days used to ride inside this one.
..some traditional structures inside the garden..
..looks like a house..
..the trees & grass are very well trimmed...
Meanwhile, meet Mr.Omori & family !...
..Mr.Omori invited me to his house..
..later, invited me to a nearby temple..
..I can read but not sure what it means..
..the gate to the temple..
..small and about 400 yrs old..
..demonic carving..
..typical East Asian temple carvings..
..inside the temple..
..400 yrs old rust? ..
.. another carvings..
.. monk's house, just next to the temple itself...
..going down the steep steps..
..much easier going up tho..
"Kako ni modotta" or roughly translated, "Returned To The Past" ... My Japanese office-mate asked me to join him for some "Udon" eating-out (read, "eating-frenzy" ), and I told about that in my previous entry. I went with him into Kagawa-ken in Shikoku (one of Japan's four main islands ; Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku & Kyushu) then back to Okayama (in Honshu).. At Okayama, spent some time at the Okayama Castle (Okayama-jyo) and the famous Japanese Garden, the Kou-Raku-En.. said to be one out of three Japan's Famous Traditional Garden.. Hundreds of years of history, beautifully and carefully maintained... If only Malaysians could practise the same attitude towards old buildings & landscapes..emmm...

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