August 22-27, 2003: At the end of the summer
|The lingering summer heat is everywhere in the end of August.
On a day like this, I will go out again. I wait for the train sitting on the Kabosu (orange) designed seat at the platform.
|A Sonic train came in soon.|
|The interior coloring of the train is very good. The floor carpet is like this.
I took a Shinkansen train from Kokura.
|My first destination is Tatsuno City, in which my old mother lives alone.
Tomorrow morning, I relaxed with my mother in the Tatami room. Mt dead father smiles at us from the picture.
|My mother loves flower very much. The entrance of the house is filled with flowers. I walked out in the evening.|
|Tatsuno City of Hyougo prefecture is a place that is famous in connection with Doppo Kunikida. The old grave of his ancestors is around here.|
|In front of it, a small stream called Dochigawa runs. In old days, a stream coming down from Keirou Hill and another waterway of Handa crisscrossed here, giving the unusual name of the junction.|
|The city is sometimes called as "Small Kyoto." Long white walls run along the streets.|
|I order soy sauce and sweet sake to this shop from all the way from remote Oita.|
|The ditch cover in front of the shop is like this, the design of "Red dragonfly." It comes from a children song "Red Dragonfly" composed by Rofuu Miki.|
|Miyamoto Musashi, a famous great swordsman now on TV program, had a relation with a temple in this small town.|
|Tatsuno is famous for its "Usukuchi" soy sauce. This is the factory in the remnant light of the sunset.|
|The Ibo river. Many fishermen were in the stream in daytime.|
|Ibo river and Keirou hill should remain unchanged forever in my birthplace.|
I was born here, now a heavy traffic crossing. The remnant of the house is still visible on the both side of the road.
|I was relieved to see my mother. Next morning, I head Tokyo by taking a local train from Hontatsuno station of Kishin Line.|
|Red dragonfly design is here as well.|
|I changed the train at Himeji station.|
|I caught a look of Himeji castle in the distance through the valley of the building.|
|Shinkansen is fast, anyway. The train passed Nagoya in which I had lived before. A red colored Meitetsu train reminds me of my old days here.|
|As I had a short time in Tokyo, I visited my son's house. My daughter-in-law entertained me with her home made cookie. They live very well.|
|In the evening I arrived my destination.
Through the window of the hotel room, I could see ling line of baseball watchers.
|Three days study class will be over soon.|
|My duty was over after three in the afternoon.
I arrived Haneda airport decorated with beautiful ornaments to cerebrate its 10th anniversary. My summer was over like this.