I’m contemplating a triathlon in August which means I need to get better at swimming! As a child I loved swimming and at school it was the only sport where people wanted me on their team rather than leaving me to last choice! However, I haven’t done a lot of swimming in as an adult so need to get stronger!
I went swimming in Japan for the second time this evening. I used the local ‘council’ pool at Minato-ku, as a resident I got a special card that gives me cheaper access and in fact it was free the first time I went – special deal for the first Sunday of the month!
It’s well organised and clean – exactly as you’d expect in Japan!
50 lengths the first time, 60 lengths tonight (25m pool).
The first time included an enforced break when everyone had to get out the pool and have a rest, someone had to explain – I didn’t understand the announcements!
The pool is just a short bike ride away so there is potential for after work sessions if I do commit and the bike swim combination can only help!
Today it rained heavily. I’ve been waiting for such a day to explore some art in Tokyo! I went to Roppongi Hills and visited the Mori Art Museum. There was an interesting exhibition called Go-betweens, photographs and videos of the world seen through children.
I haven’t done much art since being in Japan. I’ve done a bit of sketching mainly in the many Tokyo parks, here are some pages from my sketch book:
Inspired by my visit, this afternoon I did my first painting – of Fuji-san, of course!
I’m getting used to my new water soluble oil paints that I bought for my year in Japan so just a quick play but nice to be painting again.
On the 14th of June I took a hiking trip out of Tokyo.
I caught 3 trains, a bus and a cable care to get to near to the summit of Mitake-san! All of this was done on my Suica card (like an Oyster card for London) and without any issues!
From there I walked to the summit of Mitake-san at 929m and along a ridge going over the peaks of Odake-san (1267m) and Nokogiri-yama (1109m) and dropping down to Oku-tama in the valley and the train back to Tokyo. The walking was nice, good paths and signs for directions! Lots of forest, very different to hill walking in the UK where there are extensive views and open country.
There were many butterflies around, some quite large ones. I only managed a photograph of one.
Here are a few pictures:
Here’s what I’m doing tomorrow!
A team run/walk around the Yamanote line visiting all stations! I’ll let you know how it goes.
Weather looks great for the next few days!
at the start of our holiday, Mark and I enjoyed an Early morning start to visit Tokyo’s fish market in Tsukiji followed by sushi breakfast!