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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Japanese Mountain

Mountain outside Kyoto

We drove the winding road out of Kyoto, beginning at Ninnaji Temple, on the west side of town.

Leaving Kyoto, you go up past Takao, through many tunnels - and temperate zones - en route to a weekend vegetable market.

The market was 30 minutes outside the city in area known as Keihokucho.

Local products were laid out in a parking lot next to a wooden community center.

After stocking up on vegetables, we took a drive down country roads to a park famous for its cherry trees. The view was lovely - pink petals, green grass, traditional farm houses in the distance, and a river nearby - until you turned around.

Directly behind us was a mountain that had been carved courtesy of a Construction Ministry project.

Aside from providing jobs for a local construction company, it is hard to know what benefit would accrue from such invasive work.

There were no roads or houses near the foot of this mountain. Therefore, flood protection or landslide prevention would not seem to be the goal.

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