Wednesday, December 5, 2007

hondo ten (japanese marten)

Welcome to my blog

Hi, and welcome to my blog. I'm long on photos and short on words. After all a picture is worth a thousand of them right? This blog gives a little glimpse of life in the Japanese countryside.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Fudō Myō-ō (Fudo Myo-o) 不動明王



This is about 10km. into the mountains, a beautiful yet spooky place.

swimming hole








Found a great little swimming hole up the rindou. Found an antler and lots of friendly trout. My brave little girls did great I think, even though it was a little chilly and buggy.

Friday, June 29, 2007

river panorama


Here's a great shot of the Tochihara river behind our house. More like the Tochihara brook, but you get the idea. After a typhoon it is certainly Class VI: (Unrunnable)
The temperature difference from the river to the yard is at least 5C sometimes more. It's full of yamame (trout) and resident osanshouo (giant salamander) up to 2-3 feet long!!! Besides being beautiful the river provides water for the rice paddies for the entire valley. As well as wading/playing areas for us. It is the reason I fell in love with this place, that and the slight elevation of 400 meters, keeps us fairly cool in summer. Especially at night.