The Heat Of Mid Summer



In the heat of summer we enjoy rhe gorgeous views from Mount Dodaira.

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Watch birdmen paragliding in the skies

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Pay our respects to the Daruma Temple.

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Enjoy lunch at the Han

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Eat iwana fish at Black Mountain Three Falls.

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Visit the Mountain Cat Cafe .

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Enjoy the views from Bella Vista restaurant .

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Encounter mysterious Jizo at the Bamboo Temple


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And fierce Myoo.







Visit the Abbot of the Bamboo Temple.


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Climb higher up to the main temple.


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And pay our respects.


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Are welcomed by a friendly cat at the Korean Shrine, Koma Jinja.


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And pay our respects.


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And visit an old farmhouse.


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Picnic On Mount Dodaira

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We choose our lunch picnic spot, astounded with the view apon us..

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He strolls off the edge of the green hill to make sure our picnic spot is safe and returns with an A okay. We lunch and look at flying people.


We head to the Buddhist temple of the cow.

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Stand proud with the god of the cow.

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Say hello to people who have come from very far to enjoy the delicious noodles made by a monk that really is the Star Wars Yoda.

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We enjoy the thatched home of the Yoda monk.

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And head up further through the grounds of the temple.

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To the entrance of the temple on top of the mountain.

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He is very very happy to see this temple.

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The temple is thouusands of years old. Heian period.

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We wash our hands in water to purify ourselves before paying our respects.

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Admire the Hindu god of the cow.

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And go to the god of the sandals. Protecting all the hikers who have trod far to the sandal temple.

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We are greeted with fearce warriors of faith.

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And enter the temple of sandals.

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The sandals are gold. Glittering and welcoming tired travelers from the mountains.

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She showed her true glory.

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As she gazed on the golden sandals of the weary traveller.

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We see the love you tell us.

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The love thats sounds from your mountain bells.

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We look back to the temple.

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And understand. Truly understand.

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How beautiful life really is.




Barbecue, Mountain Picnic, Dragon Temple, Mountain Cat Cafe


After an evening barbecue in the rice paddies we woke early to glorious weather

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And headed to the top of the mountains for a picnic lunch.

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After lunch we watched men become birds.

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Travelled through thick forest, gurgling mountain streams and flowers.

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Skimmed rocks over mountain streams.

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Paid our respects to the Dragon Taming Temple.

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Dined on the sneaky Iwana fish at Black Mountain Waterfalls.

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Travelled through thick forest to end the day relaxing in the Mountain Cat Cafe with the birds.


Azalea Shrine and Noodles with The Forest Cat Spirit Tottoro.


Today we headed into the mountains, passed the glorious shrine of azaleas.

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The first shrine is an abandoned rice storage hut that was converted into a shrine. Tufts of rice seedlings from last year decorate the entrance.

We climbed the stairs to the main shrine.

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We paid our respects.

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Passed flowery spirit house on the way down and headed for noodles for lunch.

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The noodle or udon shop is an old farm house, 160 years old. It was owned by a rice farmer. Many people go on a temple pilgrimage in this area and stop by for lunch.

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Beside the farm house is a statue of Tottoro, a Japanese cat forest spirit.

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Tottoro looking apon the farmers tending to their crops.

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Inside is very peaceful with very old Japanese enka music playing in the background.

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The noodles here are one of the best in the area. People queue up to eat here. We came a little early to escape the crowds. Delicious!!!

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After lunch we headed back deeper and higher into the mountains and enjoyed the gorgious views. A wonderful day.




Flying in the sky at the end of the cherry blossoms.

Today we headed into flowery wonderland of spring, Japan.

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To the hots springs of Tanaka Kakuei’s favorite bathing spot when he tried to escape ruptures in the Japanese government and relax.

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Past the pussy willow. The Japanese call it Yuki Yanagi or snow willow.

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Down through blossoms of snow flowers and peach.

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To a very naughty young man who likes to hold his penis in front of all to see.

After greeting the very naughty young man, we relax to the gushing sounds of cool water running over moss rocks.

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watch water gushing from the dragon bridge.

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Watch the male and female waterfalls gush by the dragon bridge

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Enjoy the spring sun light.

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Enjoy the smoke

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and the smells or Japans most delicious fish.

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The very sneaky Iwana.

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Iwana

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Iwana

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Vist the ancient temple

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And pay respect to the past

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Talk to the carp who have human telepathy and head higher into mountains.


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So high you can touch the sky, looking on small farming villages below.

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Flying high

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And touching the sky.

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Returning to the ancient lake

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and watch the men catch carp as aswan boat drifts by.

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Head deeper into the forest with gurgling streams

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To Shukuya falls. Sit back and take the beauty of nature in.

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Head back to a farm house.

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And enjoy dinner.



Lion Falls And Shukuya Falls.

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Bless with fine weather we drove through the flowered villages...

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Passed sacred shrines and spirit houses…..

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To the Lion falls, hidden in the forest.

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We stopped by Lake Kamakita...

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It is still in full bloom..

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Enjoyed a salmon lunch box...

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Enjoyed the flowers….

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Watched men fish for carp….

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Continued to enjoy the flowers...

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And made our way through thick forest to Shukuya falls..

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Paid our respect to the god of the falls...

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And the gods of the forest.



Lake Kamikita In Full Bloom.

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Kamakita lake is in full bloom.

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A rice storage house converted into a little home near the lake.

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Enjoying the flowers.

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And flowers.

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And more flowers.

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Catching many fish.

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Lake Kamakita.

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Lake Kamakita.



Early Spring In Moroyama

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Enjoyed this Japanese lunch by the lake. The cherry blossoms are only 30 percent.

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Drove past farms and flowers in the countryside. The glory of spring is apon us. Yippee !!