This blog will continue show the photos that I take as I live and vacation in Japan. I particularly love to walk and have a strong interest in Buddhism and Shinto so I will be showing the temples, shrines and other interesting things that I discover.
I have lived in Japan since 1976 and now consider it to be my permanent home. I have a very varied background having studied engineering, Japanese and East Asian studies, and education at the university level. I spent ten years in the Army where my job involved Area Studies, mostly in East Asia. When I started to teach in Japan, it was at a post high school level and, after I completed a PhD in education, I moved to a university where I become a full professor. After retiring, I taught part-time but am now completely retired and spend my enjoying myself. I am reasonably fluent in Japanese and at present all of my friends are elderly Japanese.
There used to be a fountain inside the circular depression. You can see some parts of it on the left. This is in the open area in front of the main entrances into Mirikaroden, where I take classes.
From the fountain the water ran down this artificial stream and into a drain in the distance. I believe that they have removed it because of a lack of water. Fukuoka city is constantly short of water and much of what they have comes from dams in the mountains south of my town. Last year we toured the site of a new dam but it won't be ready for another year or two. The town is promoting water conservation so it would be a bit of a problem if they were 'wasting' water on a fountain that very few people see. I have no idea why they spent the money to remove it when they could just as well left it in place. However, I am sure that the construction companies are glad for the business.