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.
Photography: Almost Alone in Kyōto
If you are in Japan within reasonable distance of Kyōto and have time, go there, and go now.
Hiking: Mie Coast – Mt. Tsubonegachō – Mt Hoppō
This was a good hike. Starting at sea level and climbing up to 310m to the summit of Mt. Tsubonegachō (局ヶ頂) it had deserted beaches, solid climbs, wonderful views along the Mie coast, and an encounter with a wild boar. Sketchy in a few places due to being right on the cliff edge it wasn’t…
Nostalgia: Kyoto in the 90s
More nostalgia. Kyoto 1998. I had one of these Pentax Espio 115M cameras. It had a panorama settings which at the time I thought was pretty awesome but now realise was nothing more than a mask to blacken two-thirds of the frame.