This morning Akira and I got up really early and headed over to Kamurayama. The weather today was absolutely glorious, and whilst the sun slowly baked my exposed scalp we took in the stunning flowers and views that were available, before heading on to the Temple of 500 Rakan (disciples of the Buddha), near Odiwara. Whilst being quite a modest temple complex, the collection of hand carved statues were serenely impressive, whilst the temple itself offered shelter from the blazing heat. I considered putting up my umbrella to shield my sunburnt scalp from the sun’s rays, but then realised that I would sooner broil to death in my own juices.
The train ride back to Tokyo was interesting, as I had managed to sit myself next to the three most excitable middle-aged Japanese ladies that I have ever seen. Their constant fidgeting and gossiping got in the way of my on-board Japanese practice, and I am sure that they kept talking about the ‘Lobster Man’ seated to their right. Thankfully the summer heat proved to be too much for them, and they soon dozed off to sleep like a pladge of drunken wasps.