Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Oume, Part 1
According to wikipedia, the city of Ohme was formed in 1951 when 3 small towns were combined into one, while retaining the name of one of the towns that had been famous for its green plums (o = green, ume = plum). 4 other towns were added later.
Oume is reachable by train by going from Shinjuku to Tachikawa, and switching lines for Oume. Takes about 1 hour. Riding my bike from Noborito along the Tamagawa up to the Tamagawa Weir and then following the streets to Oume station took 1 hour and 45 minutes. Round trip was 86.6 kilometers (53 miles)
Near the station is a large shrine, and what I think is a small station used for patrolling the city (i.e. - it's not a traditional koban, or police box). The animal signs motif can be found elsewhere around the town. I didn't bother checking out the shrine this time - I was more interested in the Fujio Akatsuka gallery.