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Sliding Down a Mountain Slide, In Style
desktop background image of roller-slide down a hill at Yamabiko-no-Mori in Takatsuki, Japan (山びこの森、大阪府高槻市) -- For a Quick and Colorful Descent 山びこの森 Mountains of northern Takatsuki, Japan -- Takatsuki, Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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For a Quick and Colorful Descent
山びこの森
Mountains of northern Takatsuki, Japan
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View from the Top -- 山びこの森 -- Takatsuki, Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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View from the Top
Picking up Speed -- 山びこの森 -- Takatsuki, Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Picking up Speed
Sudden Acceleration right before the end -- 山びこの森 -- Takatsuki, Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Sudden Acceleration
right before the end

We had a fun trip today to a small food/entertainment area in the mountains of northern Takatsuki City (高槻市), an hour or so west of Kyoto. The main objective that I'll post about another time was the picking of (and grilling of and eating) shiitake mushrooms (椎茸), but we also had fun at a play area that included a slide of rollers for 80m (260') down a hill.

From The Bottom -- 山びこの森 -- Takatsuki, Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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From The Bottom

It was wet and dirty, but YOLO, so we gave it a go.

Mere Seconds Before the End -- 山びこの森 -- Takatsuki, Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Mere Seconds Before the End
Careening out of Control -- 山びこの森 -- Takatsuki, Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Careening out of Control

I waited to catch Anthony at the bottom for his first run because the slide shoots you at high speed off its end, into what was today a wet mess of dirty dirt and painful gravel.

For his second run he said he could handle slowing himself down, so I watched him pass with the camera...

Seemingly In Control -- 山びこの森 -- Takatsuki, Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Seemingly In Control
One Second Later control has mostly vanished -- 山びこの森 -- Takatsuki, Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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One Second Later
control has mostly vanished
Splat less elegant than he planned -- 山びこの森 -- Takatsuki, Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Splat
less elegant than he planned
Wet and Rocky Mess -- 山びこの森 -- Takatsuki, Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Wet and Rocky Mess
Got Juuuust a Bit Dirty -- 山びこの森 -- Takatsuki, Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Got Juuuust a Bit Dirty
Sooo Worth It -- 山びこの森 -- Takatsuki, Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Sooo Worth It

For another run I positioned myself halfway...

Mini Jump where speed starts to increase quickly -- 山びこの森 -- Takatsuki, Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Mini Jump
where speed starts to increase quickly
Breakneck Speed -- 山びこの森 -- Takatsuki, Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Breakneck Speed
(But Still Fun) -- 山びこの森 -- Takatsuki, Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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(But Still Fun)
山びこの森 -- Takatsuki, Osaka, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D4 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24mm — 1/50 sec, f/2.8, ISO 110 — map & image datanearby photos

The rain picked up noticeably at this point, so we headed home.

This call to mind some other mountain/roller/slide things we've done in the past, most notably the Slippery Green Slidy Day of Fun at Bluma no Oka five years ago, and a big roller slide in Otsu.


Comments so far....

Very nice pictures, Jeffrey! They show the fun, which father and son had in the downhill.
Wish you and your family good luck.

— comment by Bernhard on November 4th, 2013 at 12:18am JST (8 months, 27 days ago) comment permalink

Oooh ,natsukashii! That place is on my favorite riding loop when I lived in Takatsuki. I went out on that road, past the golf club almost to Kameoka, and then loop around and come back somewhat to the west, past all the concrete quarries, or whatever they were quarrying. Soo fast on the way back down. A lot of fun. Yoshiko did it on the tandem one time, I think.

— comment by Nils on November 4th, 2013 at 12:48am JST (8 months, 27 days ago) comment permalink

Those things can accelerate kids (or adults!) to incredible speeds. Too bad they could never exist in America. Someone would get a boo-boo and sue the park for billions.

Ah, but such heady days did used to exist in The States: Action Park. —Jeffrey

— comment by Zak on November 4th, 2013 at 12:19pm JST (8 months, 27 days ago) comment permalink

These pictures bring back fond memories of the rollerslide we visited in Kasai. I got a brush burn on my calf that took one year to fully heal. I also had a fantastic time trying to find bacitracin in still-very-country, Himeji.

That interplay between Japan modern and Japan rustic will never get old. Many an American child-of the-1970′s will get this phantom nostalgia when they visit certain parts of Japan. Its palpable and yet it seems misplaced since you didn’t grow up there. –I think its things like that mountain slide that remind us of a much less baby-proof America. Seriously, many an American parent goggles at even the Ramune bottle, not because of the marble and codd-neck design but because it’s made of glass and all that sugar. (The horror!)

Thanks for the photos. Good times! Good times!

— comment by Ron Evans on November 5th, 2013 at 12:55pm JST (8 months, 26 days ago) comment permalink

I loved Action Park when I was growing up. My mom hated it she even payed for six flags so we wouldn’t go. Like the first image. The colors of the rollers go well with the rest of the scene.

— comment by Ed Pouso on November 7th, 2013 at 4:41pm JST (8 months, 23 days ago) comment permalink

Jace loves this slide and wants to go there! It looks so fun!

— comment by Ly Doan on November 18th, 2013 at 3:13am JST (8 months, 13 days ago) comment permalink
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