|I saw a swimming anteater...|
Originally, we were supposed to stay in a cabin up in the mountains, but something got lost in translation. When we arrived, we were ushered to a room in a ryoukan. Despite the confusion, our stay was nice enough. Our window overlooked a small lake that crowds with people during the day. The first night we were there, we were given tea. Jessica and I had fun trying to decipher shapes from our tea leaves after we drank our first cups. The next day we strolled around the pond, taking dozens of pictures, then decided to follow roads toward town. Just as we were wandering away from the camp grounds we discovered a path covered in leaves and shrubbery that lead down into the trees. We were planning on trailing originally, so...why not? We descended upon the path with cameras in hand. The path led down and around hills through the forest following a creek. There was beauty in every step taken. Our cameras were exploding with photos! The path ended at a residential part of town with a small shrine. We wandered around quite a while. This town we were staying in appeared to be one where everyone seemed to be a farmer. Every little house was preceded by at least one small crop. There were a great number of yards full of vibrant tulips. We saw many people in tractors tilling up land that was covered in a few inches of water. I can only assume it was for rice, but it is hard to tell when none of it is growing yet.
The only evidence I have left of our trail on Friday
|Shout Out to Area Code 361!|
|Sakura were still in Bloom!|
Macaque Video of Splendor
I found this peaceful.
From what I could tell, the majority of the products sold in the village were handmade by the people working there. These are spoons they were selling. There is clearly enough on the stand and I noticed he started up on the one he is working on in this video when we came around the corner, as if he was only working for show. I thought it was cute and was tempted to say he could stop, but had no clue how to say that and not sound rude.
This is a view from Kamikochi
Hope you enjoyed my photo/video dump!