My first five years in Japan were spent living in downtown Nagoya, among the skyscrapers, train stations and other concrete structures. Most parks were simply gravel areas for kids to run around on. Now, nearly ten years after coming to Japan, I’m living in what the Japanese would call ‘the countryside’. So I thought I’d post a few pictures from around my neighborhood. Bear in mind that by ‘countryside’, I mean ten minutes drive from Kakamigahara city center! Still, it’s a world apart from Nagoya.
This is our street.
A view of our neighborhood.
And in the other direction. Mountains all around!
The local temple, and an area for the old folks to play boules or petanque!
A short walk to our local shrine.
And, erm, this is it! Not exactly Kyoto, but rather quaint!
Sohara park on the edge of Gifu Country Club.
And looking the other way.
A rare shot of Mami! Wow, you don’t see too many of these on this blog!
So maybe this is a side of Japan you don’t see very often on the net. It’s where I live, and I love it!If you like, you can find me on Twitter at @nick_ramsay. I'd love to hear from you!