So, work took over as it often does through spring and into early summer. It is by the far the busiest time of the year for me, but it's not all bad. It does send me to places, and I do take my camera, and there is free time.

I managed to squeeze in a day's walking around Kanazawa. It's a beautiful town with much to recommend it, especially if your thing is glimpses of the old and traditional Japan. The beautifully restored castle of the great Maeda daimyo sits next to the most famous of Japan's gardens, Kenrokuen. By the river, is the old pleasure district which, though providing different pleasures these days, has lost none of it's charming beauty. And down in the valley below the castle's towering buttresses are the old samurai dwellings.

Catch the weather right, throw in the local flora and fauna, add the distinctive architecture of the old town, and the wonderful character (and characters) of the nationally famous fish market, and you have quite a walking tour to revel in.

No apologies for the large number of shots in this set.


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