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Two Lovers Point – the Paid View

October 1, 2011

Guests in town want to do things.  Things I’d normally avoid, like paying $3.00 to stand atop a pedestal overlooking Tumon Bay.

With a few free hours to spare on the last day of their visit, I’d suggested we hit up Two Lovers Point.  As is usual, those wacky Japanese have to pose for every shot.

Once there, howver, the group was adamant they needed to go up – all the way up – the ten steps to the elevated platform cantilevered out over Tumon Bay.  As a moderately gracious host, I agreed to go along.

The backside of the gray barrier wall is used to tell the story of the Two Lovers.  It took a moment or two to figure out, as the story is told right to left instead of left to right.  Japanese read backwards, and we shan’t confuse them, even if they’re in the US.

The views were admittedly better than from the non-paying side.  That’s the airport up on the plateau in the background.

In an effort to insure optimal separation of yen from tourists, a lock fence and locks are provided – for sale, of course.

The idea being you and your lover write their names on a lock and fasten it to the fence in a show of everlasting love.

Some couples were more creative, taking advantage of holes in the limestone for a resting place.  May the sharpie never fade.

Not bloody likely.

Me?  I’m all about the people watching.

One couple did come up to me and ask, in flawless English, if I would take their picture.  Since they were so very communicative, I asked them what they wanted in a view, elevation, framing – I figure if one has taken the time to learn the local language and has the temerity to use it – I owe them the courtesy of a good photo.

It’s humbling, actually.  We went to Japan and didn’t speak a lick of Japanese. Would our experience be different if we did?

Probably.

In the end, however, the vistas afforded by the elevated platform won out over people watching.

We were able to spot snorklers in the coral reef below -along with depressions in the coral consistent with WWII bombing – bomb holes.

Was it enjoyable?  Yes.  $3.00 worth?  Perhaps, but it’s not something one makes a habit of.

 

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 1, 2011 3:54 am

    I wonder who invented the padlock nonsense. they do the same thing in the Cinque Terre in Italy.

    • dangerboyandpixie permalink*
      October 1, 2011 4:15 am

      I dunno. Interestingly, the majority of lockees appear to be Korean. Koreans like Italian food; a connection, perhaps?

  2. October 1, 2011 7:12 am

    Agasin, Thanks for sharing your life with us.

    • dangerboyandpixie permalink*
      October 1, 2011 4:13 pm

      Our pleasure, Doug! thanks for checking in!

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