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Journey to Sagamiko
2019.12.19

It was one of those mornings when you really wanted to have a lie-in because you'd had a very tiring week and hadn't gone to bed until the wee hours of the night. Although it seemed like a good idea, nature beckoned as outside was bright and sunny, the sky was clear and to me, the day seemed too beautiful to waste just lying around.

For months, I'd been researching an area called Sagamihara. In particular, I was hoping to visit the Sagami Lake since it was summer and being close to water is always refreshing during that season. In my home country I would have probably been at the beach so that lake or even a river was the next best thing (hence the reason I often find myself sitting at the riverside in Futako-Tamagawa).

The journey to Sagamiko Station took about an hour and half, mostly because the trains running in that area don't operate as frequently as the ones in Tokyo and its immediate outskirts. We waited about twenty two minutes for the train to our final destination, a train ride of only about ten minutes.

By the time we arrived, we were hungry. The station was English-speaker user friendly and although my companion was Japanese, I picked up a map in English to check out what the town had to offer and what food options were available.

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We settled into a nice, quiet restaurant called Kadoya Shokudo. There I enjoyed broiled chicken wings, boiled beans and vegetables, rice and specially prepared bean balls. The beans (daizu) seemed to be a local product of Sagamiko.

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After cooling down in the air conditioned restaurant and filling out bellies, we headed off towards the lake before it got too late. Winding through the narrow streets and hidden pedestrian paths yielded some interesting photo-taking opportunities. When we arrived at the water's edge, I'd already visually documented the variety of ornate manhole covers adorning the streets, a bright red house (which is very rare in Japan), a condemned bowling alley and gorgeous pieces of art scattered here and there.

Artwork in the park

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Abandoned bowling alley 

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Rare, red house

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One of the ornate manhole covers 

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In total, there must have been fifteen people visiting the lake that day. It was a Thursday after all, early in the afternoon. The usual services were offered and from the choice of the boat tour, kayaks and peddle boats, we went with the latter. As no one was around, the service attendants kindly gave us unlimited use of the boat instead of the standard twenty five hundred yen for thirty minutes.

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Date posted :
2019.12.19
Poster :
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