|Boso Peninsula - Fields on Way Back & New Trip
Across Bay (Page-7) 1,
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
After turning in the Suzuki Wagon-R rent-a-car at Tateyama Station (see page six), I boarded the return train for Tokyo, sitting on the inland side of the train as it headed up the peninsula (see photos above and below taken from the train window).
I took the train(s) up and around the top of Tokyo Bay (with a transfer mid-way), getting off at Hama-Kanaya Station long enough to walk around a little and check out the cable car times for the ride up to the top of Mt. Nokogiri... which was the destination of another trip across the bay (stay tuned).
What do you do when you have one vertical picture to tit into a horizontal space? Well, anyway, it occurred to me that there are now many people who have never seen a color negative - so here's what one looks like (third image below).
Trip to Mt. Nokogiri
For this trip, once again I rode the rails to Kurihama to take the ferry across Tokyo Bay to Kanaya to climb about on Mt. Nokogiri this time and take photos. The shop above in Kurihama is named "Kurofune Tsurigu" ("Black Ship Fishing Gear"), another reference to Kurihama's spot in history as the place where Commodore Perry and his black ships first visited Japan (at the mouth of, but not in Tokyo Bay, as is wrongly stated in most western media accounts of Perry's first visit).
There's something about ships that brings to mind epic journeys, transitions to new lands and a change in self that is irrevocable. In San Francisco and now in Tokyo, I sometimes find myself idly dreaming of how interesting/fun it would be to commute to work via ferry....
Above - the small sail on this type of boat seems to be used for trolling. It might not look as though it would provide much locomotion, but the winds out on the bay are pretty strong. Below - I can never stand to stay inside when there is the option of being out under the sky and in the sea air, with a free and clear view of the clouds above and out over the water all around the ship.
If it were a very long voyage, I would no doubt welcome some time shaded from the sun, but my daily existence in Tokyo is one of hardly ever being in the sun at all, so the feeling of freedom up on the top deck of the ship is one of nearly pure pleasure....
Nearing Kanaya and Mt. Nokogiri. Slightly right of center is the ropeway to the top, with the lower station having a red roof. The Kurihama-bound ferry has just begun its journey across....
Looking down the bayside coastline of Boso Peninsula. The passengers on the the ferries crossing paths look at one another as though at a mirror - "So that's what we look like...".
The ferry backs around before docking on the Kanaya side but pulls straight in on the Kurihama side, backing around before setting off across the bay. I imagine it might be that way in order to make the trip faster for people in the morning who are in a hurry to get to work on the Tokyo side of the bay (pulling straight out on the Kanaya side and pulling straight in on the Tokyo side). It's also convenient on the Kanaya side for tourists in that it allows more time for photographing Mt. Nokogiri from the top deck of the ship - one of the best spots to photograph it from.
Note the top side of the skylights in the third picture below - with the view one deck down further up the page. When I began my first trip out to the Boso Peninsula, I didn't quite fathom how large it is and how many things there are to see. With enough time and money, I could create dozens (hundreds?) of pages for this area, and hundreds (thousands?) of pages on Japan as a whole. So much to see, so much to do, and so little time!!
Copyright 2006 by Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon, Images Through Glass, Tokyo