City of Otsu’s “Yumekko” Play Land
Playing at Otsu's “Yumekko” -- Ootsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 26 mm — 1/125 sec, f/3.2, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Playing at Otsu's “Yumekko”

I came down with a cold the morning of the snow in Kyoto the other day, likely because I spent the previous day at a kids' play spot with Anthony. Anywhere where kids congregate is a human petri dish of microbial fun, so I probably picked up something then.

Kyoto City has a wonderful play spot for infants and preschoolers, the Play Land at its Kodomo Miraikan (“hall for children's future”), and Anthony has been enjoying it for the last four years. Zak invited us to come to Otsu City's version of the same thing, and I was astounded at how nice it was.

Otsu's Yumekko (“dream child”) play land is of a similar style to Kyoto's – lots of wooden toys and activity areas — but larger in every respect. Like Kyoto's, it's free for all.

Balance -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 38 mm — 1/180 sec, f/2.8, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Balance
Mountain Peaks -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 23 mm — 1/80 sec, f/4, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Mountain Peaks
Making Train Noises With Zak's son, Gen. -- Ootsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 55 mm — 1/80 sec, f/4, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Making Train Noises
With Zak's son, Gen.
A “C” of Polished Wooden Balls -- Ootsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 17 mm — 1/125 sec, f/3.2, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
A “C” of Polished Wooden Balls
There's Something About a Kid's Feet.... -- Ootsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 45 mm — 1/180 sec, f/2.8, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
There's Something About a Kid's Feet....
Checking Out the Marine Life -- Ootsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 44 mm — 1/90 sec, f/2.8, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Checking Out the Marine Life
Mini Slide -- Ootsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 55 mm — 1/45 sec, f/5, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Mini Slide

We were there for a number of hours, yet there were whole sections that we didn't get to. We'll definitely be back again (once I get over my current cold, and restock my supply of cold remedies).


All 3 comments so far, oldest first...

That’s a lot of trees. But, it seems they died for a good purpose.

— comment by Jon on March 1st, 2008 at 5:05pm JST (9 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Wow. Does that ever look fun. My little guy would LOVE it. What I wouldn’t give to have one of those places near here.

— comment by Marcina on March 2nd, 2008 at 11:25am JST (9 years, 10 months ago) comment permalink

Haha, Jon is right. By the way, I (and my son) loved Kyoto’s “kodomo-miraikan” (where I got to know our common American friend in 2007).

— comment by Anne on September 9th, 2012 at 2:12am JST (5 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink
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