I read an article on the DailyPost with suggestions for surviving NaBloPoMo. One of them was plagiarise yourself. Duly noted and executing that suggestion in this post! Not a particularly exciting post and far from detailed, but I like to give the good parks of Saitama a searchable link in English and seen as today is “Choos-day”. This one is from an old blog of mine that no longer exists.
Besshonuma Park is centrally located, only a 5 minute walk from Naka-Urawa Station on the Saikyo Line. The park can be reached from Ikebukuro or Shinjuku in about 30 minutes. One of the many attractions of the park is its design. The playground is well spread out and is encircled by trees, which give shade in the summer and protection from winds throughout the year.
Other attractions include (you will find some pictured in the library);
My overwhelming impression of today’s new park is that it is the most used park I’ve been to this month. A friend commented to me recently that Japanese people don’t bring their kids to play outdoors in January. I hadn’t given it much thought until then, but it really does seem to be true in a lot of areas. However, Kamihira park in Ageo City defies that theory as there were plenty of people making use of the park’s facilities.
Kamihira park has, what seems to be, a very popular tennis club. There is also a jogging course, not to mention the baseball pitch and stadium. All, but the latter were getting full usage today. I couldn’t believe the buzz in the park, I haven’t seen a park that busy since late November. The patrons were largely pensioners and mothers with young children. You often see retired people walking or playing gate ball in parks in Japan, but I have never seen so many of the older generation in one park at one time. And I haven’t seen so many young children in the playground since Autumn.
One of the pieces of playground equipment is a bucket crane truck. My son (3 years old) was in playground heaven! I think this may even be a contender for a coveted position on his top ten playground list.
Address: 16 Sugaya, Ageo, Saitama 362-0003