Day 32: Matsuyama

What a great idea it was to take a day off, today, in Matsuyama. I liked the city very much, from morning until evening.

It’s already past 9 PM here so today’s post will be a short one. I will compensate the lack of writing with more pictures.

The Dogo park, in the morning.

The highlight of the day was the visit to the castle. I made a live video on the Rovering Live Facebook page to show the interior of the main keep (link here).

I got to put a samurai armor on! That was great, it completely made my day.

Matsuyama is the main city in the Ehime prefecture, also famous for its tasty tangerines.

From the top of the castle keep.

After dusk, I tried a Japanese curry for the first time and was not disappointed.

Before coming back to the hotel, an American guy approached me and started a long conversation. I was suspicious from the beginning, as I believe he was on to something.

I remember reading how sometimes there are westerners trying to scam other foreigners. I looked at myself through the eye of a potential scammer and I saw a lone guy wandering with a camera: an easy prey.

Ten or fifteen minutes into the conversation, I played the “need to get up early tomorrow” card and went away. He just wouldn’t stop talking about his life, how his girlfriend broke up with him, how he only owns books and so on. Yeah, yeah, sure man.

My guts told me to go, and so I did.

Sunset over Matsuyama, as seen from the Dogo park.

Tomorrow I will walk to the next two temples and hopefully plan my upcoming days. I was supposed to do it today, but I just didn’t have the time.

Here’s a bonus cat picture for you. If you read this far, you deserve one.

Now it’s time to hit the “Publish” button, make a cup of tea, and finally go to sleep.

See you tomorrow.