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.
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.
Walking: One Kilometre Radius, Eight Kilometre Walk
Ideas for hikes, walks, or bike rides usually start to take fruition around Thursday of any given week. An idea is picked out of the void, worked with, tweaked, and then usually put into action over the weekend.
Walking: The Ise-ji from Takihara to Kii Nagashima
Inspired, I decided to take a walk. Takihara to Kii Nagashima, in Mie prefecture is a mere blip on a map but enough of a challenge to test a walking novice’s resolve.
Hiking: Jōkōji – Mt. Dōju
17 years. That’s how long I’ve been cycling past the entrance to the Tōkai Shizen Hodō (東海自然歩道) next to Jōkōji Station (定光寺駅) without ever venturing past the entrance.
Photography: New Camera, Old Lens = Less Friction
Photo above: testing the limits of the Lumix S5 (not very scientifically). Years ago I read Marie Kondo’s book on decluttering and it instantly resonated. Possessions can be stressful. The wrong ones waste valuable time, space, and/or money so I’m wary of adding to what I already have – books being the only exception. I…
Beach Life: Utsumi
It was only a short trip but in those brief hours I felt a tingle of joy, similar to what I felt a few years ago when I used to walk the streets randomly, taking portraits of strangers and quirky intriguing scenes.
Hiking and the Emotional Pull of Family
Nothing new here but… Graham admits he was a little scared to have kids and so was I.