Yesterday was my first full day in Okayama. I woke up at te same time as Nozomi, because she needed to go to work and her alarm clock started ringing – it was around 7:30. I asked her to explain how tu use the internet here and after that I wrote my first blog-article, which you have probably already read. But Japan has different power-outlets than Germany, so I had to use a connection piece to plug my notebooks power-plug in. Sadly, my natebooks power-plug didn’t fit in, so I had to cut a little bit of the connection piece until it fitted. Took me about 30 minutes until it worked xD
Anyway, it was quite nice weather with a lot of sun and only a very few clouds, so when Nozomi came back at noon, we took the bus into the city. At first we went to fetch something to eat for lunch. This took us quite some time, because most of the food places there seem to be quite expensive. But at least they had these nice plastic replications of how your food looks like. So after we found some place to eat, it was quite easy to decide, even though I didn’t knew what all these foods were. To get an overall expression, I took a mixed menu, where various dishes were mixed into something that seemed to be some kind of an omelette.
After that, we went into a media store, to buy an electronic dictionary for myself. As I didn’t understand most of the differences between the different ones and Nozomi also wasn’t so sure about them, we had to ask for an employee who speaks english. Actually that helped me to choose one dictionary, but mostly he was like “You can write Kanji with this” – “And does it come with and english manual?” – “English menu? Yes yes, you can write an english word an then see the Kanji. Look Kanji. Easy!”… something along these lines.
So when we were finished, we decided to walk to the Korakuen park and the castle of Okayama to visit them. After the noise in the electronic market it seemed kinda silent on the streets, even though we were walking alongside one of the main roads in Okayama, which connects the main trainstation and the culture area, where most of the museum and historical sides can be visited.
Some 30 minutes later we finally reached the Korakuen garden. It’s actually one of the three most valued landscape gardens in Japan. While I don’t know the competitors for that title, I think it was a really nice looking place. There were different thematic sections like the bamboo forest or the place for cherry trees, which haven’t started to blossom yet. Instead, the plum trees blossoms had already opened, so I couldn’t resist to make a photo. and the next is an overvie from the central hill of the park 🙂
When we had seen all of the park, we decided to go to the castle, which was already always viewable from te park, because it stood on a hill next to the park, which was only separated from it by a river. Because of the black colour, the building was also called the ‘Crow Castle’. It was mostly burned down in WWII but rebuilt in 1966. On the top floor, we had a magnificent view over the city, while the sun was slowly starting to sink again. The next two pictures are the castle itself and the view from one of te top floor windows.
Finally it became evening, so we went home and stopped by at a supermarket to buy some food for dinner. As I was asked by Schotti how small the rooms in Japan are, here’s a picture of Nozomi’s place. I’m standing in the living room right there and you can see the sleeping place above the door and if you look through the hallway, you will discover the entrance door. So it’s definitely small, but actually a bit bigger than expected 😉
That’s it for now. I’ll go into the town on my own today and will tell you about this tomorrow. Bye 😉