It was a hard 7 day week of travel: most of the places I visited were 5 or 6 traffic jams away from each other.
Sure Japan looks small on a map, but when you are here it’s a lot bigger.
Like any good trip in my van, it started with a trip to the hardware store for cheap oil to replace the other cheap oil I burn off while driving at highspeeds of up to 75 mph/120 km per hour … sometimes in only 50 or so minutes.
Two hours in to the voyage the van suffered a flat tire … conveniently in a “Road Side Service Area” with a gas station that had a hydraulic jack I could borrow: my jack wasn’t worth … jack.
midnote: this bike is not my van, but I feel it’s pain.
midnote note: this car isn’t my van either.
After that it was smooth sailing on 3 winter and 1 summer tire for the rest of the trip: the van was unseasonably well equipped I guess.
First Stop: Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture.
I was there at the same time last year. I stayed at the same hotel and they even remembered me … probably because I was wearing the exact same clothes as last year … sadly … or maybe because they could finally collect the money I owed from the mini-bar bill left unpaid.
another midnote: I don’t usually go to mini-bars … they are small and cramped.
another midnote note: I didn’t really have an unpaid mini-bar bill. I just like the idea of hanging out in a mini-bar.
Known for one of the 3 best gardens in Japan (excluding mine), Kenrokuen is pretty cool.
The garden looked exactly the same as last year … maybe because I was there on the same day as last year.
Same staff: I never forget a hat.
NO! You are not doing it right! Once more from the top!
The fashion police eventually arrested this woman.
This isn’t Ron Mueck’s stuff; it’s something else.
I’m not sure what it is, but it looked like the artist was still working on it.
This is a close up of one section. If you look really closely, it kind of looks like the inside of my head or junk or both or none. It must be the work of a foreign artist because Japan has different electrical plugs.
And that was about it for Kanazawa this year. I had schedules and deadlines to not meet, but try for anyway.
last midnote: I’ll tell you what happens next … next.
last midnote note: oh yeah! There is a castle in Kanazawa as well.
note: I saw the same great roots as last year at Kenrokuen Garden … and took another picture of them. I am very predictable when I visit places more than once at the same time … … … … of year.
double note: if you don’t know about my love affair with roots, it’s all revealed here.