Friday, October 04, 2013

Mt. Yakedake Hike

Kenji brought me to his favorite hiking area near Nagano to hike Mt. Yakedake. It was a beautiful day, which matched the equally beautiful scenery.

A bit chilly at the trailhead in Chubusangaku National Park.

Started with a nice walk along the crystal clear Azusegawa River.

Once we entered the forest trail, it was mostly uphill, with plenty of challenging sections, including several ladder climbs.

Incredible views on the way up.

The summit area is full of geothermic vents. This one was spewing sulfur continuously.

At the summit.

A couple from on the way down, as the clouds roll in. 

Finished at Kappabashi Bridge

Thanks to Kenji and the other hikers who took some of these photos.

Hidamari English School

If you find yourself living in Western Tokyo, you won't find a better place to teach English part time than at Hidamari, run by Kenji. Classes are small and fun, with students of all ages looking to improve their English. Kenji was my boss and friend. I became close to all my students. What more could you ask for?

Lunch at an Indian restaurant with Kenji and some of my students.

Kenji & Keiko

Kazuko & Kyoko

Presented with my first ever bouquet of flowers on my last day teaching.With Yuya, Yuka, & Yuto.

Eriko & Reisa

My farewell lunch was at a quaint family run tempura restaurant. I liked the hanging hornets nest in the entryway.