Obuse michi no eki
Obuse is a strange michi no eki in that there is parking underneath the main building. This is good in the rain. Unfortunately, the elevator from the parking area to the toilet stops at 8 pm. After that you have a long trek outside and up some steps. A long way in the wet.
It is also noisy, as the road, just off a highway interchange and at a crossroads, is very busy. On the other hand, the toilets are very good and rubbish bins are provided. There is also a park and a restaurant. On this visit it was all under wraps as some serious renovation was underway.
Gansho-in and the famous Phoenix 岩松院
Our plan for the day is to visit Gansho-in temple. This temple has a famous Hokusai ceiling depicting a Phoenix. The ceiling is the largest work by Hokusai and painted when he was in his eighties. Sadly, both D. and I find this ceiling a little disappointing.
There are some small, wooden statues on display carved by a famous monk, whose name escapes me, that I found striking. I am not convinced it is worth a special trip to this temple, however.
Perhaps to reaffirm our belief, we paid the Hokusai museum (Hokusaikan) in Obuse another visit. The theme of the, then current, exhibition was Hokusai’s explanation of how to draw insects, animals and birds.
His notions of how various creatures can be drawn, and pictures planned by utilizing geometric shapes was intriguing. Seeing a butterfly as a triangle would never have occurred to me. Sometimes this artist just leaves me in awe. Wonderful as this exhibition was, it was not as overwhelming as the exhibition we enjoyed on our previous visit.
＊Gansho-in ; 500 yen / adult
＊Hokusaikan ; 1000 yen / adult
Kisomura michi no eki
From Obuse, we turn south, we are meant to be traveling home after all, and head for Nagoya. This is a long, steady drive down Route 19. It is busy with trucks but not a crawl. We meet torrential rain in the hills. Finally, we stop for the night at Kisomura michi no eki. The actual name is much longer. It is a little early to stop but the place has a handy roof providing dry access to the toilet. The rain has stopped as I write, and the roar of trucks become more apparent.
The author is a long term resident of Japan who has and continues to travel the country extensively. Avoiding highways where possible, the author has driven from Kagoshima in Kyushu to Wakanai in Hokkaido covering 20,000 plus kilometres and counting.