Jan 3, 2015

Along the riverbank

 These trees are all cherry trees. They are extremely beautiful for about a week in the spring, just trees during the summer, and almost nothing now.
They have cut the grass in the riverbed and I was surprised to see these short flights of stairs leading down to the water. There are stairs like this every 50 meters or so for quite a long way. What was surprising about them is that there is no way to get to the other side without wading through the water. In the old days, before the cities put in water systems, people got their water from the rivers and streams. They also washed their clothes and food in the water, so this type of stairway has an old fashion, nostalgic sort of feeling to it. I guess they, along with the old fashion looking stone banking, were put there as part of the decorations in the park.

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