I then boarded the train to Matsumoto, a ride of two hours. Along the way, the view included the Japanese Southern Alps and persimmon trees:
This is generally not widely known, but nine months before the Tokyo subway attack in 1995, the Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult here practiced the release of sarin mainly to assassinate three judges who were overseeing a court case against them, killing eight and sickening 500 in Matsumoto.
At this point I was getting worried, for I had yet to see Pearl's Gold Koi. As I was taking photo of fall leaves...
What a feeling of satisfaction. However, she was again all alone, away from the crowd.
On the trip back I again purchased too much to eat:
That is a bag of crispy wasabi to the left.
Back at the Marriott, I was still filled from that lunch, so just had a small bite:
Not exactly exciting, but another fabulous fall day. Tomorrow, back to Tokyo.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average again broke its all-time high, up 40 to 22,997. Great for my endowments.