Saturday, November 28, 2009

『幻影城』

『疾如風、徐如林、侵掠如火、不動如山』、孫子、『孫子兵法』

"Swift as the wind, silent as a forest, aggressive as fire, unmovable like a mountain", Sun Tzu, "Sun Tzu's Art of War"

The last few weeks, the first thing I see in the weekends when I open my curtains, has been a bus at the kaikan court, to bring the students in the JTW program to events like soccer and sumou matches, while the students in the JLCC program stay behind. Which was getting kind of annoying after the nth time.

So I'd been looking forward to Friday for some time now, as we'd have the first JLCC fieldtrip. OK, I had also been looking forward to Friday because it was finally payday, so it was an extra joyful day. When we actually got onto the bus, I was kinda cursing it though, as it was early. First we visited Kumamoto Castle in Kumamoto-shi, about one hour away from Fukuoka.

Kumamoto Castle is one of the three grand castles in Japan, very big and very awesome. Too bad we were on a strict time schedule, so we flew through most of the castle to get to the tower, which provided a great view on the castle court and Kumamoto-shi.

Afterwards, we got back in the bus (which by now had turned into a place where lectures were given on French, Korean, Chinese and Cantonese) to go to Asosan, the largest active vulcano in Japan. And active, it was. So no hidden SPECTRE bases.

We actually weren't allowed to go to the caldera observation deck at first, because the vulcano was producing too much gasses at that time. So we watched the caldera from a distance and just as we prepared to get back, the alarm was cancelled, so everyone rushed back to see the caldera. Which from afar looked like an onsen.

But just in case you were contemplating to try it, a sign explictly says it's forbidden to enter the caldera. Just in case.

3 comments :

  1. Ziet er mooi uit! Misschien dat ik ook een keer naar Kumamoto wil.. Is het kasteel van binnen ook de moeite waard?

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  2. Ik moet eerlijk wezen en zeggen dat ik daar maar heel _weinig_ van heb gezien. We hadden echt maar heel kort :P Van binnen was het meer als een museum ingericht volgens mij, met dingen uitgestald en zo, dus niet helemaal meer zoals het er vroeger uitzag.

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  3. Binnen is zoals meestal: een tentoonstelling, een vaste collectie met wat oude voorwerpen, een collage etc. niet heel erg bijzonder maar als je er bent wel leuk om eventjes doorheen te lopen als je er toch bent.
    Wel leuk zijn(waren?) de foto's van alle kastelen in Japan die de moeite waard zijn die ze bijna helemaal boven hebben hangen.

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