Tuesday, November 11, 2014
I love the park just up the road from me. I has lovely tree-lined walking paths, a water fountain, and lots of friendly people. I often run through the park on my morning runs, however, during the summer I run exclusively in the park so that I can drink water without having to carry it.
Over the summer this year I discovered there is a group of people who do radio exercises every morning at 6:30. I have joined them and really enjoy it. Many of the participants walk the paths before the exercises start. Although, now that it is getting cooler and the sun doesn't rise so early, many are waiting until after exercises to walk. That is when I have started running, too, actually!
I love running past people and greeting them. Now that I have joined the exercise time, people know I can speak Japanese and have lived here for quite some time. I think that gives them more of a willingness to greet me.
One of the men who has lived in the area the longest said that the park used to be a pond and a plum tree orchard. There is a pond in the park now, but it is in a different location! I am not sure how they moved the pond, but they did. There are ducks that winter in the pond and a pheasant who makes his presence known every once in a while.
A couple of mornings ago the clouds turned pink as the sun was rising and the full moon was setting. It was really beautiful, and impossible to capture with a camera. But, I wrote this haiku as I was walking home...
early morning sun
full moon swallowed by pink clouds
jogging in the park
Come visit and I will take you to meet my new friends at the park!