Mito - flying visit

So, we had another outing last week. Again tennis was the main event, and again the taxi driver's reward was a chance to scout about with the camera. This time we were in Mito and the sports park there is just a short walk from the Senba Lake area and the famous Kairakuen Park.

We (Haruki and I) didn't have a whole lot of time, with Hana getting a bit of a spanking in the 2nd round, but we did have enough for a quick visit to Gokoku shrine, an even briefer chat with the swans by the lakeside, and a brisk walk back through the main garden.

The autumn leaves were just about done, and of course it was way too early to catch the plum blossoms for which the garden is famed, but that meant we had the place virtually to ourselves and, anyway, it was the sort of day that drives away all thoughts except those making us feel glad to be alive. 19° C in December was a welcome surprise, especially after getting up at an icy 5am.


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