Kofu on a clear day. You won’t miss Fuji-san on the way to the eki.
Was clearing up my card when I noticed these pictures. My family and I spent the night at Kofu during our trip in March. Kofu is Reza’s home for the past five years, a small city two hours away from Tokyo. We planned to let my parents see Fuji-san from a distance – like the time I went to the Fuji go-ko (see it here and here). It was unfortunate that it rained that night, a foggy morning followed. No chance of seeing the almost symmetrical mountain.
Reza drove us around the city and to the outskirts instead. My parents thought the city was new because everything about it looked ‘new’. It’s not – it’s been around for centuries. The city rezones, rebuilds and renovates itself every now and then, Reza explained. Hence, everything looks so organized.. and new. Being surveyors, my parents were impressed.
Come to think of it, it’s not just the buildings! Even Asna commented, “Wow the trucks look new and clean, right Cikyong?” It’s true. Vehicles are often clean – in the city or in the outskirts.
Had buffet brunch at this halal eatery called Maman, a place Reza has consistently mentioned. I get the hype. They’ve got amazing Indian food. Best to grab the spicy fried chicken and refreshing chai latte. I’m not over this place.
Last stop before we return to Reza’s place, Takeda shrine. At the time cherry blossom trees have flowered along the main road leading to the shrine. They spent an hour or so just walking, taking pictures and shopping for souvenirs. A completely chilled trip for my parents. Since it was their last day and most days had been tiresome, I think they appreciated this trip.
And here’s one of my favorite pics of Asna in Japan, on the train from Kofu and bound for Tokyo.