Monthly Archives: April 2016

Colourful cobwebs in Tokyo

Hie Jinja is the Shinto shrine for salarymen. It’s a simple concrete and gravel affair. When I visited in mid-April, the last few pink petals of the sakura season were being swept away. Some cheeky monkeys – wooden ones, lifted … Continue reading

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Visiting the neighbours in Nagano

A 70 year old man stopped sipping his sake last night to tell me about bears. He is walking the old Nakasendo alone, doing about 30km of mountainous terrain a day – “just about hard enough”, he said. He grew … Continue reading

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Back to babbling

My lodgings are deep in the mountains, below a black wall of rock and beside a racing river. Twinkling stars surround the creamcheese-coloured slither of moon. The pink petals of an old cherry blossom shine in the floodlit Zen temple. … Continue reading

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Spring songs

There is only so much Spring a man can take. On Monday we arrived with the first swallows at our rural lodgings, on Tuesday we saw our first frog and heard the first pheeuw hou-ke kyo of the bush warbler. … Continue reading

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Anchored in the clouds

Trees and birds are my healthiest hobby yet, healthier even than my teenage fig roll diet. Trees and birds are everywhere, sometimes appearing in the most unexpected places, even in the decrepit heart of the New World. An enormous blooming … Continue reading

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