Several weeks ago, when Spring here was just budding, Christina took me to see some of the sights she had been shown by friends. It was a long day of biking but it was nice to see more of the city I am living in. And I have lots of pictures!Among the sights was the first Jesuit founded church in Japan, St. Francis Xavier Cathedral. Getting there was a bit of an adventure. We biked to the right street and went down it. We however missed the turn off and went too far. Eventually we found a map and righted ourselves. It didn't take too long and 'twas only a little uphill. The final journey to the church must be made on foot.
|The pond at the top|
|The first set of steps.|
|The front of the church|
The Church sits on one end and houses a museum in the basement. I've not been to the museum, and I doubt I will be anytime soon. I went in the church a few weeks later when I came back with my parents. I never took any pictures. But suffice to say the architecture and interior is very much the same as any Roman Catholic church I've seen. Across from the church is a plateau with a small garden at the top. There were several cherry blossom trees that weren't yet blooming. A winding path, another statue of Francis Xavier, a plaque with Portuguese on it and pretty little pond. To get to the top was two flights of pretty stone steps.
|The water fountain|
|Entrance to the Buddhist temple|
If I decide to make a trek full of stairs, I expect the stairs to be solid, and at first they were, and all of a sudden the turned to this:
Did I mention the stairs never ended? Here are the pictures I took of them. No two steps are taken of the same flight and I gave up after about 1/5 of the way through.
If you want to see some more of Yamaguchi, here are two videos that one of the Professors here has done. He's done a lot more, and the sites are interesting but a lot of what he says is conjecture, but interesting nonetheless. These two are about The Xavier Church and the Pagoda respectively.