First, the gates are enormously tall, and the curved wooden features are dramatic, and you wonder how they did this. Looks Vulcan for those Star Trek fans.
No 9 yr old can resist the charms of a huge wooden gate that leads into a dense, dark woods. Too much
adventure beckons. I could barely keep up with Niko who took off running. (He did not get a batsu).
Here Niko is ready to leave. We ran or speed walked through this rather quickly, as Niko wanted to go to Kiddyland off Omotesando, and I made that promise. A bit of culture first before crass consumerism. As we exited, more bamboo forest, so beautiful these shades of bluish green.
And again, although not visible in this photo, huge bamboo spiders. i do not know what they are called, but if any of you in the blogosphere can successfully identify this with google, i owe you a Guinness. Niko and I randomly asked several Japanese exiting with us. And, not surprising to me, as i have experienced this before in Japan, i get this response, "there are no bamboo spiders. no, there are never spiders in the bamboo forests." so i point to one. and they say "those spiders are not from here". and i politely thank them but what i want desperately to do is to get right into their face and say "well then where did they come from. they did not just parachute from a plane, what, did they crawl from china, head to Korea, and hop on a log to get here?" Do not laugh. One respondent said that these come from Korea.
Stay tuned next time for Chapter 9: Ignorance is NOT Bliss: Risto's Struggles with Illiteracy.