Sometimes one or both of us will accompany Donaldo for part of an English conversation class. Sometimes we wander about on our own in the neighborhood. Once we all visit Kyoto together, and on another day we visit a special restaurant in Kyoto Prefecture but a good ways from the city itself. When we travel on trains, Midori negotiates an astonishing array of subways and trains with astonishing precision. (When we do so alone, we manage, but a lot more slowly and tentatively.)
We feel good here. The plethora of bicycles is nice. The smaller cars. The elaborate courtesy that often turns even the most mundane transaction into a graceful dance.
It is wonderful too that every tiny extra bit of land gets turned into a garden, and where there's no land at least there's a window-box or pot or coffee can with colorful flowers growing in it.
It's often cloudy and sometimes rains, which limits our outings and photography.
While Midori and Dael snag groceries, I loiter by a stream, watching children and adults alike enjoy cherry blossoms -- on trees, in showers, and floating rapidly down the stream.
|The star of the show, for us, is the egret|
|On the other hand, he does look pretty suspicious!|
Naturally much of our delight in Osaka comes from Donaldo and Midori's warmth and hospitality. Midori's mother and daughter are also very welcoming.
|Midori's daughter and mother|
|Dael shows the family images of NM|
Going downtown also reminds us that the metropolitan area's population is comparable to New York City's. One of its most famous views is as bright as Times Square.