We had a guest yesterday to our home. My wife is attending to an English conversation class once a week, and that class had only two students at the beginning as it was an advanced class on weekdays. As the other student quit, my wife is the only one remaining. She offered her young teacher from the U. S. to go for a walk in Higashimurayama City to see iris flowers and the Hachikokuyama Green Park.
The first half of the walking I went on Saturday, June 4, was a reconnaissance for yesterday.
A passage in Hachikokuyama. (June 4, 2016)
After the walk of the Shofukuji Temple, the Kitayama Park with iris flowers and Hachikokuyama, my wife took this young lady with her to our home for a Sushi dinner.
Two of my sons and a daughter-in-law joined us. Since the guest has been in Japan for ten months and does not speak Japanese, and our English are poor and rusty, we had some silent moments, but I hope the guest enjoyed her experience of visiting ordinary Japanese home.
With our small vocabulary, it was natural to ask where she was from. The answer we received was a city in central Ohio, whose name none of us had known. It was somewhere at the apex of the triangle whose bottom line is formed by Columbus and Dayton. She told us there was nothing particular to say about the city but there was the highest point of the state nearby.
I looked up the "Rand McNally Road Atlas" this morning and found Campbell Hill, 1,550ft (472m) high. The hill, I found, is one of the summits in the SOTA. The number is W8O/CT (Central) -001 and it is the only 4 point summit in Ohio.
Ohio has 105,528 square km of land area. Considering that it is three times larger than the Kanto area (32,424 sq. km), and 30 per cent larger than Hokkaido (78,514 sq. km), we know how flat the state is.
By the way, my wife showed my radio room to her, but she did not know amateur radio, nor the Dayton Hamvention.