難波の南蛮、戎橋の夷。

Nunobiki in Winter

I’ve had a hell of a time.

For two weeks, me and my family ran around Japan, wearing our legs out wandering cities, visiting holy sites, climbing mountains, and even partying from time to time.  Now that they’ve gone back to Milwaukee, part of me enjoys having the time to get things done by myself.  A lot of me misses having them around in the same town, though.  Not even necessarily to meet with every day, just to know they’re carrying on nearby.

I’m not too lonely, though.  I know they’ll be back.  In the meantime, I get to sort through the evidence.

I took them to a lot of places in the area I’ve posted pictures of already.  That means, for the most part, I didn’t take repeat pictures.  There’s something enjoyable about visiting something a second time, when you can just take it in without having to try and capture it all the time.  Still, there were a few moments that were different enough from my last visit to warrant a few shots.

 

Nunobiki Falls in Kobe was one of them.  I hiked this trail before in the late spring, and again in a summer downpour with my sister.  Winter, though, affords one a very different view.  This was on our second full day together, after a sampling of Chinese street food.

 

At all times of year, one can look back down on the center of Kobe from the mountainside.  Winter air, though, is so much clearer- this time I could see across all of Osaka Bay!

The heart of Osaka, seen all the way from Kobe

 

The Two Towers:

The Dark Tower: Osaka WTC, Japan's third tallest, on a lonely island in Osaka city harbor

 

The White Tower: Rinku Gate, Japan's 2nd tallest, all the way across the bay in Izumisano, near the airportThe lake at the top, a more somber scene in winter, still gorgeous

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