I finally had the chance to go around Kochi after a little work this morning. It was a short work morning since I only got to oversee provisions which is very important. Then first off to…
Ryoma Sakamoto Museum
I finally got to learn about his life and what he is about. I understand that he was an advance thinker for his feudal society, which conservatives feared. He started the EightPoint Plan and was really a revolutionary of his time. To think he was a low ranked samurai of his time! He wanted a bloodless revolution which made him a target of many conservative thinkers who thought he was a radical thinker. So he suffered a violent assassination before his dreams were realized – but like many martyrs, that took effect immediately and it only took 5 years later to change Japan.
He also was known for “Japan’s First Honeymoon” since he detailed his honeymoon with his beautiful wife, Oryo in a letter in which he was attacked by the bakufu. I find it amusing also that Ryoma from Prince of tennis was based on him (heheh)
here are some of the pictures of the Museum:
I am definitely researching on him more. He is definitely a person I want to learn about.
Up on the peak, facing the Pacific ocean they erected this monument of Ryoma (since he was born here) and this is where I enjoyed some local gelato (thanks Kumon-chan for the suggestion!)
After this, we went for lunch in..
Mugi-an is a small family run restaurant in Kochi near the industrial district but definitely serves up a delicious and filling meal. Since we were there on a Sunday, it was filled with families and small children. FUN TO WATCH
After that, it was off to…
It is one of the 88 temples in Kochi which I am amazed about. It has been there 1200 years and still beautiful. My gosh. Iam so overwhelmed to see it I feel like I am walking on truly sacred ground.
the path was long and has a lot of steps but the walk was worth it. 😀
I got to experience it. 😀 So I really am very blessed to be here
though it is a different religion, the sense of GOD in this place, the simplicity of this place, makes me feel at ease.
After this, we did go to one last place…
A beautiful fortified castle which steps were designed for difficult climbing and easy going down. (Great defense) it is a great castle wich I couldnt begin to describe the wonder. 😀 History really is beautiful, I am so happy to be here.
It started to rain so we had to get back early, but before that, we had some coffee and
Cake! to celebrate my day off! ❤ also…