Today, I rode to Kasugai ( 春日井 ), ostensibly to find the Ichiro museum, but really just to go out on an exploration. And it’s not even in Kasugai - it’s in Tomoyama. I have no clue where I got that idea from. Anyway, it’s pretty close. As expected, the Ichiro museum itself was nothing special. Just a bunch of baseballs and gloves and posters and stuff. I think the most interesting part about it was that it had many of the things from his childhood there, and he used to have a giant Ultraman clock, which was pretty cool.
Anyway, on the way there, I got to witness this building getting ripped to shreds by one of those big hydraulic machines. I’m sure it isn’t all that uncommon, but this is the first time I got to watch this closely, and being in Japan, it was a thrill. I just couldn’t help thinking about Gojira and Gamera and all those other kaiju doing this dirty work. And the sound was great! Just metal and brick getting ripped apart. I really enjoyed it. What’s unfortunate is that two of my movies showing the great beast taking bites out of the building didn’t come out. But I hope you get the idea.
Other than that, there was this weird little half-abandoned park by the old Nagoya airport in Tomoyama. I say half-abandoned because, be appearances, it should be abandoned - there was no water in the pools and it was pretty dirty. But as you can see, there were a few people around enjoying the place.
Finally, this woman tried to make a bicycle tire out of pieces of old tires and rags. It really didn’t function all that well.