"One Evening in Niigata"
Niigata Evening
Ah... this is a nice sight for a city-dweller like myself to behold!  Clean air... two rivers coming together in a small town with a backdrop of mountains and dramatic clouds overhead....  The dream is to live in Tokyo in a high-rise apartment from Monday to Friday and then escape to somewhere like this setting for most weekends.  Virtually everyone I've proposed that lifestyle to has agreed that it would indeed be nice, but would require a bit of cash to successfully implement.  The city wears you down if you're here all the time and the country would wear you down for different reasons if you were there all the time.  How to actually get the best of those two very different worlds together is the quest....                    Copyright 2004 by Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon, Images Through Glass, Tokyo