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Journey in Japan Part 59: A Wild Frog Chase

Today I determine to take my bicycle and head to the close-by Arakawa Park, an area I haven’t formerly visited.This park appears to have somehow half got away the losing of its fallen leaves. One side of the park is skeletally bare, the opposite, flourishing with nature.

I park my bike and take a seat on a bench to read my book; Murakamis Super-Frog Saves Tokyo. After eating guide from start to finish, I take a little wander around the park. I see a sign claiming, Do not feed the felines or pigeons. Odd. I have actually seen numerous signs about feeding pigeons; they usually have amusing message coming from speech bubbles, such as, Do not feed me, I can get my own foods. This is the very first time Ive seen an indication regarding not feeding felines though. With ideal timing, a pet cat shows up from no place and also takes a seat directly before the indication.

The ginger feline decidesto follow me around the park, meowing at me for food. Cats of this colour appear to have a practice of following me around. I stray amongst the threadbare trees, and also to a rock gazebo. Beneaththe shelter the homeless roam. Regarding ten in complete, walking around apparently withoutpurpose, and wearing threadbare clothingto suit the trees. They look to me like characters in the beginning location of an online role-playing game. Lost, perplexed, as well as not recognizing where theyre intended to go. It strikes me that these people, like the bad feline, actually do not have anywhere to go.

I leave the park, and visit at a nearby temple, only to be chased away by two enormous attack dog on chains. Plainly, this temple doesn’t welcome visitors. A little more up the roadway, I understand that as now becomes extra concerning animals, that a better option of reading product today would certainly have been Agatha Christies Feline Among the Pigeons, because, momentarily time in an hour, thats precisely what I see.

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Leaving the stray felines behind, I cycle toward Nippori. Among my favorite points to do to maintain me inhabited in Tokyo, is biking on warm days, and discovering new areas. Without any genuine destination, I commonly cycle along and find random things that interest me. Today, thelow wintertime sun provides the warm, as well as the opportunity to explore is seized.

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I cycle throughFabric Community, passing a couple of intriguing stores along the way. Highlights are a natural leather store called, Touch of Fleather, a shoe store called, And also Shoes, and also a textile shop merely called, Tomato. After I reach Nippori Terminal, I lug my bicycle up some steps and also over the tracks. On the other side of the tracks, I am welcomed by an additional bird, in the formof a gigantic rock owl.

The owl describes itself as a Memorial Monolith for Takamura Kotaro, a popular Japanese poet as well as artist. Why they chose to honour his life with a sculpture of an owl is beyond me, but it looks good, so I assumed I would certainly include it. The owl rests on Suwadai Street. A weird road that goes to an elevation higherthan the skyscrapers beyond. The road likewise flaunts fifteen various temples and shrines.

I inspect the GPS on my electronic camera to make certain that Im still in Tokyo. Up here, eventhough I am just twenty minutes from my house, it feels like I remain in the center of the countryside. The nature in this field is merely stunning. I see a few signs with directions to a viewing factor. On a clear day I can witness the spectacle of a Mount Fuji sunset; when the sun and also the hill share the horizon. Sadly, I angle see Mount Fuji; the story of my life. I do reach witness the setup sun over a distant Tokyo skyline.

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I cycle away from the holy places, temples, and also spectacular views; and into Yanaka. The area is still uphill as well as features many old residences bordered by leafless trees. I end up at a little market along some narrow road; Yanaka Ginza Road. The marketplace is easily downhill, so the chance to cruise ship along window shopping, regulating the flow of bike wheels with intermittent breaking, is an enjoyment by itself. Inarrowly miss out on consumers as a guide in between the crowds of individuals; most likely below to acquire rubbish they do not require to impress people that they uncommitted about. As I try to keep in mind a quote from Palahniuks Battle Club, I obtain distracted as well as almostcrash right into a lady bring a child. Naturally, the infant starts shrieking in fits of hysteria, so naturally, I cycle away asfast as I can.

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I proceed cycling up until I get to one more new area, Nezu. The streets here are magnificently embellished with old lampposts and Xmas lights.

Aside from a full size train carriage parked randomly on the footpath, there is nothing else to truly see in Nezu, so I head back towards knowledge. Outdoors Ueno Park, I study the maplooking desperately for something of interest. 4 museums, however all presumably closed today; thats exactly how these things generally go. Then, something on the indicator catches my eye. Maybe it was because I check out a character called, Frog today, or probably some other instinct took over, however the moment I saw a small little dot on the huge map of Ueno Park below a caption claiming, Water fountain of Frog, I recognized that this would certainly be my last location today.

I search the park, passingdyingcrops as well as concrete views.After half an hour, the sunlight has actually completely set, as well as the climate has transformed cool. Tough winds chill the air, yet aren’t solid sufficient to dissuade my search. I cycle around the park, each time I see a map, I stop to double check the area of the fountain. I often find that the fountain has transformed locationfrom one map to the next, and on other maps, it has actually vanished totally. Not one to give up on an individual difficulty, I continue my look for the elusive Fountain of Frog. Ultimately, after forty-five mins of biking around Ueno Park, I locate what Ive been seeking.

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As it transpires, Fountain of Frog is literally just that; a tiny sculpture of a frog spitting water right into an even smallerfountain. I head house, head complete ofdisenchantment.

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