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Trip to Rokko

No matter where we go, someone is always watching us

Today we decided to get out of the concrete jungle that we live in and make our way out to some nature. Some of our friends told us about a great place called Rokko (pronunced Rock-O), which isn't too far from our apartment.

Rokko is a town built on a mountain (like Dalhousie) and very close to the water as well. We also figure that it is a really wealthy area. We figured this out when we saw the size of the houses and that people actually have lawns. That and when we walked around the corner and saw two western BMW convertibles sitting there. That was also a good hint. We also figured out how everyone parks their cars at home. It is a pretty brilliant system. They have little elevators like this:

Rokko Cars.jpg

We wandered around Rokko for a while, but we could never seem to get out of the residential areas and find true nature (I'm not sure if you can do that in Japan). But, we did find this really cool temple. You had to walk up a large ramp, however once you got up there it was extremely quite. So we poked around hoping we weren't offending anyone. Here are a couple pictures from the temple:
Rokko Temple.jpg

We also found our first "dragon" today. This statue was in the temple, it was guarding the tap that the only other lady filled up about 10 2L water bottles at.

Rokko Dragon.JPG

In the woods there were two statues, one of a horse and one of a little creepy buddha-type guy. We don't know what they are but this picture turned out pretty good.

Rokko Horse.jpg

We were wandering out Rokko and stopped on this bridge to look at the river.

rokko Court.jpg

We were there for a while just taking in the scenery when we looked over at a house and saw a little black head of hair and two eyes peering out, then curtain close quickly. So we went back to the river and then looked back over at the house and the same kid was staring at us again. So we looked at him and he hid again. This happened probably 3 or 4 times. The thing is in Japan because we are foreigners we get stared at by people all the time. That was the biggest thing all the books said to get used to. The worst are the kids, but both of us understand they are just being kids and think nothing of it. One day on the train there was a little girl (maybe four) riding with her Dad and all she did was stare at us the whole time. But, what can you say. We always make some sort of joke, like this kid from Rokko screaming, "Mom come here! There are TWO of them!" and then we move on.

At one point during our wander through Rokko Andrew found this little door next to a gate that was open, so he decided to go through it.

Rokko Small doorJPG.jpg

This was all fine and good until something started beeping. We were afraid that we wouldn't be able to explain what we were doing, so we just took off and found the temple.

After this we got some ice cream and made our way back to the train. We didn't really get out into the mountains or the woods but it was a good way to spend an afternoon.

Posted by agc_cwm 06:54 Archived in Japan

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