We had a respite from the intense heat and humidity today. Last night’s storm blew it all away (to where?) for the time being. It was also time to take my Brompton bike in for its first tune up, as it’s been ridden over 600 km since I bought it in May. A trip to Green Cycle Station in Yokohama is always a pleasure. Lots of lovely small and folding bikes (they specialize in these exclusively), accessories, and a very pleasant staff. Also, the shop is located a five minute walk from Yamashita Park, which is always worth a visit. The park today:
After the bike servicing was finished I rode back home. While cycling I seem to be attracted to temples like a moth is to light. Today was no exception. I rode up into Souji Temple（總持寺）on the outskirts of Yokohama, and discovered a large complex of impressive buildings. The complex map:
A wooden temple building with ornate wooden tracery around the large doors:
The next building I visited was a far larger concrete structure. Monks were practicing for a ceremony while I was was there. You can get an ideal of the size of the building by comparing my (tiny) Brompton, as well as yours truly.
After leaving the temple I rode up the Tamagawa River dike before crossing into Tokyo. Accustomed as I am to the great cycling highways of the Arakawa and Tonegawa Rivers, the narrow, bumpy, and sometimes unpaved Tamagawa dike road wasn’t very impressive. Downright annoying at times. I will have to cycle farther upstream sometime to see if it improves. The lower reaches, anyway, are to be avoided for people on bikes with skinny tires. It would probably be fun on a mountain bike, though. The route map:
Finally, in answer to your unasked question – yes, I did reward myself for the physical exertion of the ride. A date with “The Wife” for sushi and sake. Satisfaction.
As a bonus for those who made it to the bottom of this post, here is a recording made at a temple I visited last week in Kumagaya. (It was made on my cell phone, so please excuse the tinny sound).