Hotel rooms with a view of Sakurajima fetch a premium. Directions are expressed relative to the volcano; e.g., "walk towards Sakurajima." It's a common element in public art.
Yesterday, I cycled around the volcano.
On the ferry from Kagoshima to Sakurajima, some young women were taking turns to mug for "that" scene from "Titanic."
By the time I had gone full circle, it was mid-afternoon. I took the ferry back to Kagoshima, then walked to Sengangen Gardens where I climbed a steep hill to take in the view shown at the top of this post. In the 18th century, this garden had been created using principles of "borrowed scenery" incorporating the bay and the volcano into the overall landscape design: the gardens had been created as a frame.
|Sakurajima (red pin)|