6 comments on “Daibosatsu + Kumotori – Excess baggage

  1. Well, you’ve answered a question that has been plaguing me for some time: how does the Crown Prince make his trips to the mountains? I was pretty sure that he wasn’t fighting for a jiyu-seki on the Chuo-line, but nonetheless that cavalcade and entourage is rather impressive..

    I’m not surprised Hana caught the Imperial eye – it looks like he’s a bit of a dog fan too:

  2. But I’m still curious to know how many of those security staff actually go with him up the trail. A few years back the royal couple went to Daibosatsu. The photos proudly displayed in the mountain lodge show ordinary hikers in the background, but perhaps they were security guards dressed up to look the part.

    Also that morning, there was an extraordinarily large number of taxis coming up the road from Enzan station, filled with elderly hikers. I guess they were hoping to see the Prince on the trail.

  3. wow. i thought they’d just close the mountain when the Imperial Family came to hike. It all seems a bit overboard, because if the crown prince wore regular hiking gear then he’d probably blend in with everyone else and no one would even notice.

  4. Wes, you’re spot-on. If he were to hike on his own, few would notice and he might enjoy his hike more. I suspect they had effectively closed the mountain, as there were police guarding both ends of the road loop to the start point.

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