A lot of Japanese people enjoy playing golf and so does Adam-my Smith’s School of English franchise co-owner. I am also a fan of this sport, so when I received an invitation to join some friends for a round of golf at a short par 3 course last Sunday, I happily accepted it. Working as an English teacher in Japan and spending most of my days inside, so I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to have some fun outside.
We made our way to Tondabayashi City(富田林市), Southern Osaka to Seikyu Country Club(聖丘カントリークラブ). It took us about 30 minutes by car from Sakai City(堺市), where I live and Smith’s School of English Sakai Higashi and Nakamozu are located. The course consisted of 27 holes and in typical Japanese fashion, was very well maintained. There were one or two very light showers which pleasantly broke the midday heat. The rain certainly didn’t affect my inability to get the ball in the hole! I came last. It can be a frustrating game at times…..
I was however was completely blown away by the tower that overlooks the course. I’m sure many of you would have heard of the PL Tower due to the fireworks display they put on each year. It is claimed that the fireworks is the largest in the world. I watch it each year, and if it isn’t the biggest, it sure comes close! 100,000 fireworks are let off in just one hour – usually starting at about 19.45. The grand finale sees some 7000 fireworks launched simultaneously. This year’s display falls on a Saturday night, 1st August. I highly recommend this activity, but be warned…the traffic and crowds will be crazy!
The Church of Perfect Liberty Peace Tower (パーフェクトリバティー教団) is an amazing piece of architecture. This very strange looking sculpture of a building is 180 meters (590 feet) tall and its center of gravity is 12 meters above ground level. I am a big fan of things symmetrical, and to stand at the base, looking up at this building was hard to explain. I hear stories of people here in Japan that complain about the gaudy colour of a neighbor’s house, or the design of a building that may not fit with the existing environment. It is completely hilarious to think that these building plans were ever approved by any council. Whether you love it or hate it, it’s certainly worth a trip to Tondabayashi to see for yourself.