Several days ago, I have driven along a river named the Nakagawa, or the Naka river, running from west to east bound for the ocean 20 or 30km northeast of here in the hilly area. The traffic was very few. This road is the way we drove to the ocean from our home when the trunk road was jammed. A peaceful day in fall.
We seldom have such a straight and less traffic road here. I often wonder how they will finance to maintain such an empty road. It will get less and less crowded from now since our society is losing the population. I am fond of driving on such an empty road but wonder if this is sustainable.
It was not typical for fall yet. Only few trees were changing their colors. This must be a place to enjoy cherry blossoms in spring for the people there.
The river was running between hills. We used to bring our children for playing in the water in summer years ago. The width of the river should be a few hundred meters. In the riverside, trees seemed to stand in line. Three of them are seen in the front in this photo. Seemingly cherry trees. While they were surrounded by bushed, there must be a lane along the trees. That lane must not be used by any pedestrians any longer. There could have been farms in the riversides before.
Before it got dark, I headed back home. i found my driving skill was still getting rusty. For souvenir, I have bought apples at a farmer's shop along a street. Fresh and pretty good.