Cycling: Suwa’s Ginko Tree
Ginko trees (inchō・銀杏), along with momiji (紅葉) and persimmon (kaki・柿 – not to be confused with the other kaki meaning oyster) make for a staple of the Japanese autumn.
Hiking: Nakatsu River & Kuroizawa Trail ・中津川 & 黒井沢登山道
Back in 2003 I had a tiny company car and no idea where to ride my mountain bike as I hadn’t long moved to the Nagoya area. So I pulled out a map, looked for the mountains, found an area that looked promising (at the end of R363), and consequently found myself heading out to…
Festivals: Fire Festival
This is going out there as an outdoor adventure. Midnight, deep in Gifu, fire, samurai, tradition. Godo-cho, Gifu.
Cycling & Photography: Gifu
Gifu prefecture is a great place for cycling and since taking along my film camera on most rides I’ve started enjoying the scenery of rural Japanese life a lot more as well. Click for a larger view. 岐阜県で自転車に乗る事がとてもいい。最近、岐阜県に自転車でかける時にフィルムカメラを持ってきているので日本の田舎の風景も楽しんでいます。 写真をクリックすると大きく見れます。
Japan: Hirakata-san & the Tokuyama Dam
Ayu in English translates as Sweet Fish but I’m guessing that doesn’t mean a lot to many people. Ayu are fresh water fish that can be found in rivers throughout Japan and East Asia. And the Japanese love them. Especially in the central regions such as Gifu and Nagano which are far from the Pacific…