Giant salamanders and 48 waterfalls

For some reason, the vast majority of the rivers that we’ve encountered in Japan are lined in concrete. I understand that the city waterways need to be confined to canals, but why do the beautiful rivers up in the mountains need to be cemented into place as well? For someone who prefers the wilderness over the city, all that concrete can be exhausting – so we set out in search of something a little more natural. Continue reading


A week in pictures

I don’t have anything very exciting to report this week so, instead of getting too wordy, let’s just have A Week In Pictures. Coming up: a hiking trip with a stunning view, some cool animals, a short-lived fishing adventure, and a study picnic in the park…
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In search of solitude

Now that the weather is consistently warm and the snow has melted out of the nearby mountains, we find ourselves hitting the trails on most weekends. Partly it’s because we like to stay active, partly that we enjoy the scenery, but mostly it’s because we just need to get out of the city each week. Call it therapy, if you will.
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