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When I’m Not Blogging, I Possibly Visited … (Part 1)

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.

nails leave me flat

midnote: this bike is not my van, but I feel it’s pain.

stretchy limo drivers wear stretchy pants

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.

Kenrokuen Garden

Known for one of the 3 best gardens in Japan (excluding mine), Kenrokuen  is pretty cool.


a supportive tree

The garden looked exactly the same as last year … maybe because I was there on the same day as last year.

most photographed thing in the garden

Same staff: I never forget a hat.


NO! You are not doing it right! Once more from the top!

former boy band

That’s better!

this woman clashed with the garden

The fashion police eventually arrested this woman.


I revisited the  21st Century Museum  too. Last year there was the amazing Ron Mueck‘s work on display.


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.

in progress


still in progress

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.

Kanazawa Castle and a moon or something


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.

serious roots

double note: if you don’t know about my love affair with roots, it’s all revealed here.