2016/07/21

Jinzu River Run

On Monday morning (which was a holiday in Japan), I could run along Jinzu River in Toyama.

Hokuriku Shinkansen Bridge seen from the river bank on the east side.

I crossed over to the west side of the river on Shintsu Ohashi Bridge.

The trail by the river bank.

New Toyama Ohashi Bridge.

The old one was much narrower.

The riverbed.

Arisawabashi Bridge.

Arisawabashi.

Jizo statues on the roadside.

Morning glory flowers.


Solar panels beyond soybean field.

Pretty flowers.

Fuchuohashi Bridge.

Golf practice area in the riverbed.

Pretty flowers on the riverbed.

Because of the airport, the expressway bridge is painted red/white on the east side.

Unused playground equipment.


The trail on the riverbed.

I ran under Arisawa Bridge.

Then went back to it and crossed it over to the east side.

 The riverbed on the east side of the river.


The water gate by Toyamaohashi Bridge.


A small bridge that mimics the shape of the old boats on Matsukawa River.

Close from my hotel was an Izakaya with old Japanese movie posters. 

And tin toys - nostalgic!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hey Tad! Your blog is cool, it is awesome to see places in Japan (and others) and learn about Japanese culture. I have always wondered what a Torii was for...
Do you remember Steve, in high school? I worked in a Foundry, drove a 67 Impala Thunder car and we loved Rock & Roll. I had a job, so school was like a jail they made me go to. I was only there for girls. You spoke 2 languages, so you were like the smartest guy in the room, finally someone I can talk to. If I ask you a question in english, do you think in Japanese or english? Remember? Kids say funny things. I was kicked out of school 1 month before graduation, a rebel, and not allowed to say goodbye to any of my friends. Kicked out for drag racing, at school? I am not sad, my work is at MIT, Johns Hopkins, ASU, OSU, UNC and 50 other colleges and universities. Our school let kids smoke......during school? They let cowboys bring guns to the parking lot, as long as they did not bring them to class, parked next to your convertable. Teasing the kids with "pointy shoes" may have been a bad idea. Working in a foundry after school, they had me shovel mountains of sand and iron filings. I learned everything, it was my college.

See if you can find my foundry in the future, follow this simple clue: Special thanks, "I'll be back".

As we get very old, some friends are no longer with us. It is cool to look up old friends and brag of our amazing deeds and laugh at our failures. But it is hard, because I am so modest. I broke a sledgehammer on the metal part and wear vices out with my hands and keep them in a pile. Once, I stole the key to the city (Spokane), made a copy and put it back before anyone noticed (is that bad or funny?). I started a foundry company in my basement and shipped product to every state in the US and 26 countries.........by myself (is that good?). Working alone, but surrounded by animals, like a Disney movie! I make small foundry kits so ordinary people can cast things of aluminum, brass, bronze and iron. I helped to save Earth from aliens with my furnace, on TV show "Falling Skys". My family invented machine guns (Browning) and the way computers talk to each other (Ray Noorda), I like to make things too! That is cool, but what have I done lately?
I made a foundry furnace of fiber and cloth, it can melt a 10 lb chunk of cast iron in less than 30 minutes, faster than any other gas furnace. I sold one of those to JPL.
A typical meteor enters the atmosphere as a ball of molten iron about 10 lbs. With my new furnace I can spike it like a football! Or if someone is evil, I can throw it at them. When you say it like that.....it sounds like a superhero.
Your friend, Starbreaker