The burial mound rose up right above us from where we parked our bicycles.
We were disappointed to see that is really a very tiny thing. We had expected something larger, at least the size of the keyhole tombs we had seen on other bicycling adventures in Japan. This is a modest kofun. We climbed up to the top of it on the path and walked around, photographing it. From the top there is a pleasant view to the valley below.
We began to realize that chasing sites here was going to be another exercise in pursuing the small and precious and perhaps not so very important things in and of themselves - though certainly historically the totally of the place is very important.
For us, it became the search experience and the bicycling that counted most.
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