If you look real close, on the left horizon is a white statue:
This the tallest statue of the gem-bearing Nyoirin Kannon (328 feet).
- My Blue Bar Pigeon made a first appearance, picking on my breakfast at the Westin Venice.
- At Quadri in St. Mark's Square I had the best Italian meal in my life, infused with truffles.
- I was privileged to secure the last seat in a tribute concert to Antonio Lucio Vivaldi of his complete Four Seasons in a smallish auditorium where he composed much of these pieces. This site was only a few yards from Quadri.
So, feeling lucky, here are all the photos I took in Nikko:
There were severe handicaps. For one, my bus did not exactly have the cleanest windows. Second, the Sun seemed almost always in my face, so I could not photograph the best scenes. What you'll see below are the best of what I managed to take:
That's Lake Chuzenji, above and below.
I can go on and on, but, in general, the photos are a bit fuzzy and not quite composed well. I was constrained.
On the other hand, life is not perfect and what I've captured above will hopefully convince you to someday visit what could well be the most beautiful spot on Planet Earth, at least for a few days around Halloween.
Wakare No Isochidori (a song that was popular before I was born, but, somehow, is meaningful to me), the Tommy Dorsey version of I'm Getting Sentimental Over You, Happy Talk, Rock Around the Clock, You Cheated, To Know Him is to Love Him, Born too Late, Scotch and Soda, You Light Up My Life, Johnny Get Angry, Honolulu City Lights....at this point, it occurred to me that these tunes were so significant to me and that my life was flashing by that surely, the Shinkansen was destined to have its first tragic accident...when we arrive in Sendai.
I walked to the Westin Sendai, took a long bath and went down to the Executive Lounge for a champagne:
I then went up to the top floor for dinner. This could well have been my best teppanyaki meal ever:
My teppanyaki finished with garlic rice, miso soup and tsukemono. All in all, the quality, service ambience, view and culmination of a great day made the experience memorable.
What a day. Tomorrow, I'm on to Hiroshima.