You see, I was headed up to that white dome there, up at the top of that mountain. It looks pretty far, right?
As it turned out, I was there and back in a couple of hours, and that includes a few detours. So, not quite what I had planned, but a lovely walk nonetheless. I also ate my snacks anyway, because why not be happy?
So, here are some pictures of the hike that was more of a walk.
|I'm not exactly sure, but I think these are gravestones. You often find them around temples, and they sometimes have aprons on. This article explains a bit about them.|
|This building contains some of the Buddha's remains, which were given to Japan as a gesture of peace by India after World War 2. You can see this dome from all over Kumamoto.|
|The view from the top|
|Another view from the top. I think this photo showcases my artistic talent rather well, don't you?|
|I feel like I should have a poignant comment here about flowers growing from barren concrete....|
This day was Children's day in Japan. As my "hike" was a good bit shorter than I had thought, I toddled into town to see what I could see. Turns out, I could see some Koinobori, or carp flags, which people hang outside their house for Children's day. Traditionally, one is hung outside for every son in the family (girl's day is in March or April, depending on the season, and they get a set of dolls, so no one is left out here).
If you ever find yourself in Kumamoto, looking for a short but enjoyable walk, I recommend Hanaokasan. It was a really beautiful walk.