March 21, 2004: NPO Sightseeing COARA picture taking tour
|Today, we will have a joint "picure-taking tour" which was discussed last time's meeting of "Making homepages." In order to create a homepage of sightseeing information send-out, Oita city officers and Oita Sightseeing Committee planed this time tour. Our NPO will back it up. Betsudai Road has been refreshed recently like this.|
|A wide banner reads "Umi-Tamago", or "Marine-Egg" to be opened on April 1.|
|Yes, today's sites are Monkey Park on the foot of Mt. Takasaki, Marine-Egg, and a mono-rail system.
Our staff stands by in the park early in the morning.
|This is the old aquarium building closed last year featured by lovely sea otter performances. Thank you sea otters for a long time.|
|The staff, students, and related people flocked before one p.m.
|The eager students first learn how to use a rental digital camera.
Just on time, the class started regardless cloudy weather.
|Some comments were explained from the staff in advance. Then Mr. Asano, a member of Municipal Sightseeing Office, guides the student. We got on to the start point of the newly built monorail.|
|The tourists will cross this pedestrian overpass to access the monorail station after April 1.|
|Colorful pansy flowers welcome the tourists at the station.|
|The 17 students and 12 staffs came into the new station with digital cameras in hands.|
|The monorail is still under test run.|
|A staff set up the digital video and the students target their camera to the monorail wagon. "Would you like to try taking a moving target by so-called 'flow taking technique' you have learned last time?" "Yes, I'll try, but it sounds me hard."|
|Well, a two-car train started. I suppose the scene from the car will be good from the other angle.|
|The spectators are not limited to human like us. Even a monkey appeared to view us. It poses for a shot.|
|We crossed back to the Marine Egg. We will visit the newly built Monkey House from now on the left. The pedestrian over bridge starts from the House.|
|One of the staff transfers the pictures from the digital camera to the PC to refresh the memory of the camera.|
|The Monkey House has a long corridor with white wall and blue columns.|
|In he center of the hall are beautiful geometric patterned upstairs that lead to the second and third floors.|
|Behind the hall is a souvenior shop. The shelves wait for souvenior goods.|
"Attention please" sign tells people how to enjoy the Monkey Park.
|The students stopped their feet in front of the decoration on the wall. So many monkey masks welcome the tourists.|
|he gone-hundred monkey facesh may be a fun to the visitors.|
|Lovely monkey dolls are here and there.|
|One of Oita prefecture's special products is bamboo craft. An Internet corner is surrounded with many beautiful bamboo crafts.|
|The tearoom is just like a cabin of a boat.|
|You may feel just as if you are on the deck of a boat. The restaurant will be opened to the outside view.|
A wide-angled picture will show you the whole view of the park. On the left is the Marine Egg we will soon visit.
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