January 23-25, 2003: Visit to Ranzan in Saitama
|This is "Moon Tower" in Haneda airport.
Three days from today, I will attend to a meeting of Natio0nal Group of Friends to be held in Tokyo area.
|I took a Toubu-Toujou Line from Ikebukuro station.
We awoke from the chatting and found ourselves running through the whole place covered with snow.
|We arrived Musashi Ranzan, the destination of this time. Just an hour train from Tokyo took us to such snowy world.|
|A bus picked us up and headed to the meeting site. The fantastic scene welcomes us.|
|The site is "International Females' Education Hall." Japan's national flag swings in the snow.|
|On the next morning, deep blue sky smiles at us.|
|The over bridge guides us to the meeting hall from the lodge. The slippery way makes me walk very slowly.|
|The meeting hall sits in the snow.|
|We had a meeting of National Group of Friends here today.|
|We go back to the lodging building to take lunch. The pond is frozen like this.|
|We take the lunch in a relaxed atmosphere.|
|The morning set in Ranzan.|
|In the afternoon, the meeting was over and the attendants headed home.|
|Tokyo railroad station.
I will take a Shinkansen after a long time. I found a monument that reads "Prime Minister Hamaguchi was assassinated here."
|Shinkansen has recently stretched its line to Hachinoe, northern part of Japan. The tourists are happy to get the new line that shortens the time-distance to Tokyo.|
|Mt. Fuji in the sunset.
Mt. Fuji is number one, anyway.
|My "souvenir" to my husband was, surprisingly, influenza of Hong Kong A-type.