And a very happy Mother's day to all the mums out there. I hope your children make it a very special day for you.
Before I get to the things I was intending to write about, I have to tell you of my first earthquake experience. I had previously felt a couple of light tremors which made me wonder if they were earthquakes or just my imagination. But this one was of considerable strength. Is 'strength' the correct terminology or should I say 'intensity'? I don't know. Suffice it to say I was quite frightened, especially since I was asleep when it happened.
Mt Fuji in all its majesty!
I draw your attention to the branches of these trees. They are all bent towards the right, the reason for which is the strong wind that blows in that direction.
If you look at the centre of this picture you will see Vicky and me waving.
And, since I'm on this travel log I might as well tell you of our bus tour. I gave Vicky and Peter the choice of what to do one afternoon and they chose and organized a bus tour to Hama-Rikyu Gardens, Sumida River Cruise and Asakusa Kannon Temple. The first thing we learnt was NOT to take bus tours. It took at least an hour to get to where the tour was to begin and at every re boarding of the bus we had to wait for late comers. But the worst thing was that, after wasting all that time, we were rushed through the sites because of scheduling.
I have since revisited Hama-Rikyu Gardens on my own on a bright sunny day and enjoyed it thoroughly, taking my time and just sitting and absorbing as much of the scenery as possible. This exquisite garden was donated by the Imperial Family to the city of Tokyo in 1945 and after restoration work, it opened to the public in 1946.
This is a 300 year old Black Pine
This is heaven on earth. I'm going to show this photograph to my wisteria to show it what a wisteria is supposed to look like.
Can you believe the size of the trunk of this wisteria?
Where as we found the other two sites very interesting, the river cruise was a bit ho hum and at the end of the bus tour we opted to make our own way home as it would have been faster than the bus.
This fascinating building belongs to a beer company and it was one of the views enjoyed whilst on the river cruise.