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JAPAN | Saturday, 3 August 2019 | Views [106]

Ritsurin Garden, Takamatsu

Ritsurin Garden, Takamatsu

THE PORT AT TAKAMATSU WAS A PLEASANT EXCEPTION.  The ferry dock is adjacent to the cruise terminal and the harbor has a park-like feel, with the Takamatsu Castle as a centerpiece.  Japan is currently experiencing a heat-wave — like everyplace else on the planet —  and also, it seems, a plague of cicadas.  The little buggers are everywhere and their chirping is deafening.  

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  Takamatsu Castle                              Cicada

Despite the stifling heat and humidity we decided to walk to Ritsurin Garden, a straight shot two-miles from the harbor.  Like other Japanese gardens we have visited, Ritsurin’s charm is in its simplicity.  A network of well-swept trails meanders around ponds, through copses of trees with detours to teahouses and resting areas.  


    Ritsurin Boat Ride       


                                  Sun Protection


                                                                    Points of View, Ritsurin Garden

Despite the crowds — many from the Maasdam — we could always find bits of solitude with inspiring views.  A single iris blooming alongside a pond.  Stepping stones across a stream.  A pink lotus in a sea of green.  A delicate bridge across the lake.




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