Because I literally did this morning. I'm never good when confronted with sign boards in the JR stations here in Japan because they never ever state the name of the station that I'm going to. This morning was no different even after I put on my enigmatic frown "どこですか?" to good use. When I boarded the train, I thought something was fishy. After leering around suspiciously I found a can of half eaten tuna on my right by the window. おもしろいです。 We then had a lengthy conversation exchanging nutrition facts along the way to Takamatsu.
I decided to visit Okayama for the Setouchi Triennale 2013, (which runs through three seasons - Spring, Summer and Autumn) after hearing about it from Alicia. Upon arrival, I was immediately impressed by how well developed Okayama is. I haven't had the time to explore the area around my hotel since I headed straight for the islands this afternoon. Also, very unfortunately due to a narcolepsy relapse this morning, I only had time for Ogijima (男木島) and Megijima (女木島) island.
The islands are really beautiful and well maintained. It was apparent that the people there live a simple and quiet life. I suppose the Triennale was very much driven by the purpose of introducing tourism to the seto inland islands but I am not sure if it is necessary as it could be disruptive to the residents' lives. I do hope that they benefit from it though. I mean, the cats on the island certainly did. I had to share my royal milk tea with 8 strays that came running towards me thinking that I have food for them when I just wanted to rest on the swing. At that moment, I thought fondly about my travel companion this morning. I guess it was not a meeting by coincidence.
The trip so far has not disappoint, I'm slowly finding what I started out to seek in traveling solo. I will always love traveling alone and having time to myself. But the down side of it is having to finish an entire Rikuro cheesecake and maki roll big enough for 6. Just kidding, I was really glad that I had them all to myself. But it would be really great if my friends were here to share these beautiful moments and swoon over kawaii Japanese things together (miss you guys!) For now, I'll just leave yall with some pictures taken on my phone today. This is the first time I'm posting from my iPad, here's hoping that it doesn't screw up.