Impromptu River Play with Akiko-chan
Akiko-chan and Anthony Hopping Rocks Stepping stones across the Kamo and Takano Rivers, Kyoto Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Akiko-chan and Anthony Hopping Rocks
Stepping stones across the Kamo and Takano Rivers, Kyoto Japan

Anthony's kindergarten had a field trip yesterday, so the pickup time and location were different from normal, this time near the spot in Kyoto where the Kamo river joins the Takano River to become (oddly enough) a different Kamo River.

He wanted to play more, and his friend Akiko-chan hadn't left yet, so we decided to go down to the river together to play. I didn't have my nice camera with me, but I took a few snaps of the fun with my cell-phone camera.

This Looks Like a Fun Spot -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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This Looks Like a Fun Spot
Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Akiko-chan's mom and I spent much of the time yelling “nooooo, not in the water!” as they ran around a part of the river that was usually wet, but today was (mostly) dry.

Eventually, they decided to move on...

Heading Out -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Heading Out

They then moved a bit south to just north of Imadegawa St., to where huge stepping stones allow people to cross the wide river.

Fun For Most Any Age -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Fun For Most Any Age

There are a number of places along the rivers that run down the eastern side of Kyoto where these large stepping stones allow people to cross and kids to play. They're set such that the rectangular ones are normally just out of the water. The river was really low at this point so they're all well exposed, but it rained last night and when I went this morning, they were completely submerged.

Last month I posted some shots from this area, including some of the stepping stones when the water was just a touch higher than normal.

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After a while, they got tired of the stones, and played on the peninsula formed at the upper junction of the two rivers...

They'll Sleep Well Tonight -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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They'll Sleep Well Tonight
Returning to Shore -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Returning to Shore
Chasing Birds -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Chasing Birds

It started to rain lightly, so we moved under the Imadegawa Street bridge, and they had great fun throwing rocks at other rocks in the dry bed of this part of the river.

Imadegawa Street Bridge It's dry now, but this entire area is totally flooded after a heavy rain -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Imadegawa Street Bridge
It's dry now, but this entire area is totally flooded after a heavy rain

While the kids played, I couldn't help but noticed how little steel joined the various clumps of rust in parts of the bridge. Most of the underside was fine, but some parts were highly rusted.

Yikes! -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Yikes!

Luckily, the bridge did not fall on us, and indeed, he slept well last night.


All 2 comments so far, oldest first...

Re: the stepping stones over the river…is the water very shallow there? With very little current? I would imagine that when the rocks are wet and slippery, falling in would be inevitable.(Especially accidentally-on-purpose with children)

— comment by Grandma Friedl on May 14th, 2008 at 11:18pm JST (9 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

One shouldn’t go there right after a rainfall but otherwise the water is shallow. And in summer it’s no problem to get wet as it’s so hot.

— comment by Anne on September 9th, 2012 at 8:22pm JST (5 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink
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