|The Diet viewed from the |
one of its office buildings
Oh, and just like in Brazil, I ran into some protests. These were focused on terrorism laws and arguments that Prime Minister Abe is a dictator.
|The outside of the PMO|
|The inside of the Prime Minister's Office|
is even prettier than the outside.
It is easy to find this kind of map in a government office in Japan and hard to find online. What I like about it is that it gives you a Chinese view of the Pacific--that China is contained or constrained by Japan/Taiwan/islands in between. The South China Sea is the same--that for Chinese ships to get out to the open seas, they have to pass through narrow straits. Anyhow, I was strangely happy to see this pic.
I had a free day in the middle of the week so I went to Mount Takao and hiked up and saw some shrines and some monkeys:
|The view from the top of Takao|
There are apparently wild monkeys and flying squirrels and other wildlife, but the only animals I saw was in a monkey enclosure. This is a mom with a very small baby hanging underneath--two weeks old. There were several sets of moms and babies, teens and older ones. So, yeah, I saw more monkeys in Japan than Brazil (1).
|Don't trust David Welch|
So, what does one do when done with research? Look at a big Buddha and hydreangas! The pictures are from the city or town of Kamakura, about an hour south of Tokyo.
|No filter--just super blue hydrangeas in bloom|
|Yep, karaoke with an Army officer and an Air Force officer!|
I have completed the trifecta: I watched Sumo and Kabuki in the fall and now ... And yes, I sing even worse than I remembered.