Saturday, 11 May 2013
Hiro's parents arrived yesterday morning on the overnight train from Odate. Hiro's mother, in an effort to show her appreciation for the fact that they were staying here before they embark on their 50th wedding anniversary holiday, had cooked food and brought it down. Kogomi (a mountain vegetable) and rolled egg I love. Simmered horsemeat and scallops cooked with shirotaki (no idea how to translate that - noodle made from some kind of potato) I am not quite so excited about.
With some rice and mushroom and onion miso soup it made for last night's dinner. I can "offer it up for the holy souls" when eating elsewhere; it's not so easy to do on home turf...
Wednesday, 8 May 2013
From Jonanjima park (blue mark on the left) we biked under the tunnel to an island which doesn't appear to have a name, but it's is a waste disposal / power generation plant. (and I am 99% sure the site of Umi no Mori... though I wonder how they get their mail at the moment....
(The links below are quite interesting.) From there we went to blue marker on the right, Wakasu Keihin Koen. It's a relatively new park that allows overnight camping (for a fee) and is at the eastern end of Tokyo Gate Bridge. The Gate bridge opened a little over a year ago with relatively little fanfare.
I guess as more landfill islands are created, more bridges are going to need to be built... reducing the landfill would seem like a good option, though if there are enough artificial islands in the Bay, Tokyo might be able
develop power creation subsistence...
http://www.kankyo.metro.tokyo.jp/en/attachement/tokyowindmillE.pdf Information about the power generation
|Wind farms - TEPCO's not all about spinning of the power generation to the|
regions. I'd like to see them put a nuclear facility here..better still, next to the Diet.
It might force some responsible thinking.
|I can sympathise with this sign and its spelling - it took me ages to work|
out how to spell Disney in Japanese letters & it still confuses me.
|Looking north from the pylon (dirty glass). Central Tokyo's industrial|
heartland. - all on reclaimed land.
|The pylon - we didn't walk the whole way across the bridge & back|
If the weather had been clearer, I might have been tempted.
Monday, 6 May 2013
|We took off to Jonanjima today - a perennial favourite. It's located on Tokyo Bay, just north of Haneda airport. It was more crowded there today than we've ever seen it... maybe because more Tokyo-ites have cars, maybe the recession means people go to plane spot rather than actually catch planes... Haneda is the worlds 4th busiest airport in terms of passenger numbers, 29th busiest in terms of plane movements. It has recently opened a third runway. In terms of numbers of planes per runway, I imagine there are few airports that would be busier.|
|Hakusan dori... a Golden Week Ghost Town.|
|The deserted feel to the pseudo parkland of the industrialized reclaimed land that is Jonanjima |
was more typical of a Tokyo weekend.
|next - the vast majority of planes are ANA or JAL but we also saw flights|
come in for China Airlines, South East China, StarFlyer, Cathay, British Airways,
|Paid carpark, but Japan is very benevolent to motorbikes and it's free parking mostplaces.|
There was a queue of at least 10 cars waiting to get in - at least 30 min for car number 10,
probably closer to an hour.
Sunday, 5 May 2013
This year our GW is very understated: no marathon bike trips to the extreme end of the island, no mad crush on the shinkansen. Just a peaceful break in Tokyo. Part of the reason for this is that GW is only 4 days, partly it's because I am still not in a rhythm with juggling my work and partly because Hiro's parents will be down on Friday. The are coming down to go on a boat trip, but would like to see some roses while here. With that in mind we went to Shinjuku gyoen today to see what the roses there were like...
|On the way to the station - not in Shinjuku Gyoen.|