It was brilliant to be back in Japan and meet up with Jack, Miki and Allan again. Allan really loves ducks and fishes and Jack and I often popped on the bikes and took him down to a local stream to watch the Coy Carp.
The bike I rode was Miki's old one and not as posh as Jack's, but I loved it and had great fun on it. I still haven't really sussed out the rules and regulations for bike riding in Japan. Bike riders seem to have priority and zip across traffic lights and zebra crossings with gay abandon. You are allowed, nay encouraged, to ride your bike on the pavement and pedestrians just seem to sense you coming and step smartly out of the way. No rear light is needed at night and it is deemed quite acceptable to ride your bike on the wrong side of the road too.
One of the beautiful lakes we visited.
Coy Carp with one of Maalies adored Spot Billed Ducks.
These Carp were enormous. They would certainly feed a multitude. We had to make sure Allan didn't try to catch one.
Jack and I took Allan out in a swan boat.
This little chap was very friendly and circled our boat, popping in and out of the water. Looking for food maybe?
Not sure what this is, but it had an enormous beak.
Wondered whether this was a Pintail?
Perhaps Maalie can identify the bird on the left?
I love these Egrets. Although you can't see it from the photograph, they have black legs and bright yellow feet!
And Allan saying a reluctant goodbye to the ducks with Miki and her mother.