Nakasendō/Kisoji – Walking Kiso Fukushima to Agematsu
It’s been a long time since I walked a section of the Nakasendō (中山道). Back then it was the mountainous trail between Magome (馬籠宿) and Tsumago (妻籠宿), an insanely popular Nakasendō ‘theme park’ for both Japanese and foreign tourists.
Hiking: Minami Komagatake
A 3 a.m. start thinking I’d be the only one on the trail. But you are never alone in Japan, even in the middle of the night on a mountain. Frustrating, yes, but reassuring too.
Life: The Riverbank
It was during a walk around my neighbourhood – I saw grandson and grandmother out with a kite.
The trails are open and the longer hikes are possible again. Back in 2014 I hiked up Eboshigadake (2291m・烏帽子岳) in southern Nagano and have wanted to return for a long time.
Hiking: Mt. Kasagi
Photo above – A brief glimpse of the Mt. Shiomi area in the Minami Alps. As I mentioned in a previous post the trails are set to reopen soon and that means longer hiking on more mountains. To get ready I went on a short solo hike up Mt. Kasagi (笠置山) in Ena, Gifu prefecture…
Landscape Photography: Fooling Myself
I can’t take landscape photographs. I’ve tried but I don’t have the patience or the skill.
Hiking: Yama Girls
Photo above – First ‘hike’ as a new family. The Japanese hiking world has a thing – yama girl. Young women, mostly in their twenties, often university students, heading to the mountains in groups of 4 or 5 (although solo hiking has become popular too) all in the latest hiking fashion. It’s not what you…
Life Changes: Time, Adoption, Death of Friends, and a Pair of Shoes.
On the very same day that we brought the child home a good friend passed away. He had so many good things going for him but in the last couple of years made some reckless life choices and threw them all away.