11.06.2006

Tour d' Ogaki

Here are some pics of my ride in and around Ogaki yesterday.

The leaves on the north side of the canal have turned colour, but not those on the south side. I didn't notice that until I uploaded the pictures to my computer.




The leaves have only begun to change on a few of the trees around here. It has been rather warm. This is the first week that the forecast high will be below 20 degrees C.




I love the colours of this old Shinto shrine.


I decided to take a look around the Ogaki Cycle Stadium. It is free to come and watch. Notice that the seats are empty. That is because all the old men who come to watch are outside watching the monitors and placing their bets. Apparently horse racing is illegal in Japan...this is the next best thing.


I am rather pleased with how this shot turned out. The sculpture is called "Fortress of the Eye". It is installed outside the gymnasium where the kids had their tug o' war tournament last weekend.



The Fortress of the Eye.



Not sure what the kanji mean on the rock in the following pictures. Maybe something like "'Nothing' is what rocks dream about when they are sleeping."






This ride and these pictures were inspired by the Nov. 2, 2006 post at Oil is for Sissies.

3 comments:

Dad M said...

Nice pictures but there seems to be a bike in the way most of the time:)
re. the leaves on one side of the canal having changed and the other side not -- I have seen similar things before and I wonder if it is due to available light. I see some of the buildings on one side are quite tall. I have seen a large tree along a street in Victoria with all the leaves gone except for a cluster around the street light that was reaching up into the branches.

Vertigo said...

unless the bike is part of the picture...

Kelly said...

It could also be that it is a different type of tree. The maples turn colour here at a different time than other trees. It comes with a certain weather front and the Japanese have a name for it...the red leaves front (rough translation)
紅葉前線 
(kouyouzensen)

They have a corresponding one in the spring for cherry blossoms:
桜前線

The meteoralogical agency of Japan even tracks the fronts from north to south (in the fall), and south to north (in the spring) so people can plan their vacations accordingly and take in the best viewing opportunity. They also hold festivals around these themes.