Rapture: 0 Regular Day: 1
Not that I was expecting the rapture to happen on 21 May, but for those of you that know me, I’m about as religious as Steven Segal is talented at acting. But still, I’m astounded about how people can get caught up in things like this, particularly when depending on the frame of reference you take, 21 May 2011 could have landed on any number of days due to all of the meddling that people have had in adjusting the calendar over the years.
OK, now that I got that out of my system, let’s move on to todays update.
Spring is in full swing here in Japan. The weather is perfect, not too hot, not too cold, and it is relatively dry. So before the 6-week rainy season descends, which is quickly followed by a long hot humid summer (with conditions closely related to the atmosphere on Venus I am told), I decioded to play hooky and take a day off from work to do some exploring. The hard part was decigin where to go on a day trip. I’ve seen a lo of the local area over the years, so it took me a little while to come up with an idea. What I settled on was to take the Ferry from Kurihama, across Tokyo Bay to a small fishing village called Kanaya which is overlooked by Mt. Nokogiri.
Last summer I had spent a couple fo days on the Eastern side of Tokyo Bay, mostly exploring the Pacific Ocean side. As one would expect, the coastline in dotted with fishing villages, and even though it is only a short 40 minute ferry ride away, it feels like a whole new place. There is a lot more wide open space, a whole heck of a lot less people, and silence, blessed silence.
Because it was a weekday, the ferry was nearly empty. Although all food and drink services were in operation so I enjoyed a couple of beers as I watched fishing boats and cargo ships sliding by. Upon arriving to the port of Kanaya, I headed in the direction of the roapway that takes you to the top of Mt. Nokogiri. It is possible to hike up the mountain, but feeling a bit lazy, I decided to take the easy way up.
The view from the top was spectacular. Although, it was pretty hazy, so I could not even see the Miura side of the bay, let alone get a clear view of Mt. Fuji. But what the day lacked in clear views, it more than made up for in the solitude department. At the top of the mountain there are a lot of hand cut vertical faces, and I think a lot of stone quarrying had been done there in the past. The cut faces were used to carve a lot of different buddhist images, the most drammatic one being the gigantic buddha carved into the SOuthern side of the mounatin. It’s huge and dwarfs the Daibtsu in Kamakura.
I spent the rest of the day hiking around the mountain, slowly winding my way down to t he sea, and the entire time, the number of people I met along the trail could be counted on one hand. From the seaside village of Hota, I caught the train one stop back up to Kanaya for the ferry ride back to Kurihama.
It was a nice , relaxing, and best fo all, QUIET day. Just what I needed.
For those you that are interested, the camera equipment I used on that day was a Leica M9 with only two lenses: an Avenon 28mm f3.5 which I used for the bulk of the day, as well as a Canon 100mm f3.5 which only came out of the bag a couple of times.