Friday, 3 February 2012

On The Run - Yufuin

Read my first post of this "On The Run" series at:
On The Run - Yokohama
to know why I'm all excited about doing morning runs in Japan. ^^
I didn't really have running gear suitable for the colder season and buying new ones would be such a waste since I'm only using it a few times so to keep me warm, I just put on my Uniqlo heatech shirt and another shirt on top it and my usual capri pants.

Started later than I wanted because I overslept. I trust my body-clock to wake me up and I'm usually  awake by 5.30am but somehow only managed to be up at 7.00am that day!

Zaini and I went out at 8.00am (after having a soak in the hot spring water to warm up my muscles. heh) and headed off to nearby Lake Kinrinko. Had an hour of leisurely stroll around the lake area and decided to return to our hotel when tour buses started disgorging tourists to the area.
Zaini returned to our cottage, while I started my run along from the hotel along the small river that leads out from Lake Kinrinko and made a bit of detour towards the paths towards the fields but I didn't stray too far from the river. Don't want to get lost now, do we?
I don't know what it is with people and asking me stuff, but I have had encounters when I ran around Presint 5 in Putrajaya (where people might come and visit the Pullman Hotel and Putrajaya International Convention Centre) and gotten stopped a few times either for directions or being asked to take their photos. Heck! I've had a guy asked me for the time when I was running in the Putrajaya Night Marathon! Like, seriously?

So while pounding the road there, which by 9.00am were already busy with visitors in tour groups with guides armed hailers and the like,  I avoided any eye-contact with all of them. Yes, nobody got a "ohaiyou gozaimasu" from me when I'm running. Though plenty when I was walking with hubby.

45 minutes later while I was doing my cool-down walk towards our cottage, two Japanese ladies with a map asked me for the way to a temple (or something of similar nature) nearby.  I was naughty. I let them finish their sentences before going with my usual "aaa.... Nihongo de wakarimasen".

26 comments:

  1. That looks like a beautiful place, not surprised there are so many tourists.

    Night marathon? Wow, that sounds like true masochism!

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    1. The place is lovely and of course the small, beautiful lake has many visitors coming. ^^

      Hahaha... night marathon is interesting. xD

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  2. Running through such scenic sights isa joy. What an experience!

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    1. Indeed! I hope to do it again, over and over at all places that we'll visit. :)

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  3. Yes but tourists aren't supposed to go running on their own! They're supposed to follow their tour guide while holding hands with their other tour members. Like kindergarten. Those two Japanese women probably thought only a local would be crazy enough to go running. :-p

    PS: More autumn photos! Yay!

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    1. Don't get me started on tour groups! I mean, will it be such a catastrophe if you can't see your tour guide and his/her flag? Gah!

      And really, do we all really need to walk like we did in kindy? Gah!

      Are we supposed to learn, soak the atmosphere and take our time at a historic place or are we there to take photos and make a din? Gah!

      Suffice to say, I steer clear from tour groups.

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    2. That flag. Oh, that flag. It's like the proverbial red rag to a bull. I want to start snorting, pawing the ground and attacking as soon as I see it. AAARGH!

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    3. I hope you don't see those flags much while out gallivanting around the shitamachi!

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  4. Japan must be a beautiful place to do some morning runs with all those beautiful landscapes and autumn leaves :)

    Japan Australia

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    1. I think running at other places can be nice too. There are some nice places, but I made a choice not running in Fukuoka and in Kawasaki. The city'ness of the area made me nervous. ;)

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  5. Yufuin is cold area in Kyusyu. so it is very comfortable to run these area. But is it a little bit cold at that time?
    Uniqlo means Universal Clothing, so your wears are just fit for you.

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    1. The weather was just nice when we were there. It rained later during the day but it wasn't too cold that we can't stand to be out sightseeing. :)

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  6. I know that Yufuin is very cool place for tourist spots
    That's why town planning and architecture is great.

    Anyway, I have never visited there. What a shame.

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    1. Yes, the town area is lovely. :)

      Maybe one day you can visit Yufuin with your family. :)

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  7. Yes. Beautiful colours of nature must make it very pleasant to go jogging. You have seen some amazing places in Japan.

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    1. I hope to see more of Japan. ^^

      Anyway, any season with any colors should be pleasant to be out and about, in my running shoes. xD

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  8. Maybe you smile too much, so people look at you, they thought you might help them lor?!

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    1. ahahah... I doubt it. If you know me personally, you'd be the last one to say I smile too much. xD

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  9. Very beautiful fall colors...

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    1. Fall is indeed a beautiful season, full of colours. :)

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  10. they must have been surprised you coud speak Japanese :)

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    1. ahahah... but did I really speak Japanese? ;p

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  11. You picked some very scenic places to train. I'm not familiar with Uniqlo heat tech shirt. Does it really keep you warmer than a regular shirt?

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    1. I sure did, didn't I? ^^

      The heattech shirts maintain the heat that my body generates so when I sweat, I kinda forgot about the cold! I just wore the shirt underneath a t-shirt and with a fleece jacket; that was what I wore throughout my trip last Autumn in Japan.

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  12. Naughty naughty Lina ^^ They thought your are a local.

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