First, if you suffer from the popular superstition that the Japanese have such an exquisitely fine taste, this is one occasion to get rid of that crazy idea right now. My brother Wim told me after his first visit there:Everything is beautiful. Bullshit, of course: It's easy for the Japanese to get just as kitschy as we are - with a twist, admittedly. (I mercifully decided to give you some breaks, cutting away to what at least I feel are more tasteful views.)
Their second hand (oh please do forgive me:previously ownedis the corruptically correct term) car lots
certainly are more cheerful than their western counterparts. The cars mostly are in much better condition as well.
in Matsushima Bay
one of three top landscapes
everything is decorated, even the manholes
When I saw this place
what could I think butHiroshige?
one person we didn't meet:
but she's alive and well
and doing just fine
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