Saturday Play in the Park with Monet and Gen
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Monet in the foreground, Anthony jumping at right, Gen sitting on the far bank, and two other kids -- Ojigaoka Park -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Monet in the foreground, Anthony jumping at right, Gen sitting on the far bank, and two other kids

On Saturday Anthony got to play in a park with two friends he hadn't seen in a while, kindergarten classmate Monet, and Gen (my friend Zak's boy). The park near Gen's house in Otsu (just over the mountains from Kyoto), ojigaoka park, is wonderful, both for kids to play and for parents to photograph.

It has Rocks to be Thrown Gen -- Ojigaoka Park -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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It has Rocks to be Thrown
Gen
It has Sticks to Poke With Gen and Anthony -- Ojigaoka Park -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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It has Sticks to Poke With
Gen and Anthony
It has a River for Play and Walking Monet and her daddy, Arthur -- Ojigaoka Park -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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It has a River for Play and Walking
Monet and her daddy, Arthur

The boys gravitated toward destructive play that involved “building” a “road” near where some minor construction was going on. This “road building” mostly involved throwing rocks....

“Construction” -- Ojigaoka Park -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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“Construction”
Throwing Rocks -- Ojigaoka Park -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Throwing Rocks

Here's a view from the other side, showing the little construction zone they were violating...

Ojigaoka Park -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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I was curious what it might be behind the barriers, so stuck my camera up and over...

Big Hole -- Ojigaoka Park -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Big Hole

I've no idea what it might be for, but there it is.

Anyway, as the little river leaves the park, it becomes overgrown, making for a nice little jungle, ripe for exploration (just as Anthony and Gen did more than a year ago), so Arthur and Monet forged in...

Into the Wilderness -- Ojigaoka Park -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Into the Wilderness
Anthony Joins In -- Ojigaoka Park -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Anthony Joins In

Then it was time for apple juice. Anthony claimed that he wanted juice “for everyone”, which I inferred as a certain willingness to share, but when we got to the vending machine, it turns out that he wanted me to get one can per person Doh!. I figured that they needed to hydrate, so everyone got their own can..

Pause that Refreshes -- Ojigaoka Park -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Pause that Refreshes
“Can you Hear Me Now?” Monet yelling into a storm-drain grate, Anthony listening on the pipe-outlet end -- Ojigaoka Park -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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“Can you Hear Me Now?”
Monet yelling into a storm-drain grate, Anthony listening on the pipe-outlet end

What I found amazing is that this was the only part of the park they played in this time. The park offers so much more for kids, from a big bowl to run around in to a huge set of interconnected multi-story monkey bars to a tall two-story slide. We've made many visits to this park, and I have many photos I want to share... just no time.

To provide a bit of context relative to some previous posts, here's a wider shot showing the “wilderness” and the bottom of the “road-construction zone” where the boys where throwing rocks....

Ojigaoka Park -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24 mm — 1/2000 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos

The orange crane in the distance is the very one featured on my Raising Crane in Otsu post two months ago, and the tall building at the far left, half obscured by trees, is the Otsu Mary, one of the tallest buildings around.


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I’ve been trying to figure out what that construction is from my window for a couple weeks now!

— comment by Zachary on June 16th, 2009 at 7:04pm JST (8 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink
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