Today I went shopping in Rittou (the nearest store where I can buy pinto beans). I have to say, it's a beautiful ride. The residential area houses that line the road have gorgeous tiled roofs, decorative gates, sculpted trees, and are often overflowing with flowers. The one drawback is that there isn't a sidewalk along the road, so there isn't really anywhere to stop to take good pictures.
One thing that amazes me is how tropical the plants here seem. It almost feels like being back in Hawaii on occasion, with all the flowers blooming everywhere, and even what appear to be a few palm trees here and there. Perhaps all the pictures I'm taking will help to remind me of this when it's January and my apartment turns into a refrigerator.