•October 19, 2016 • Leave a Comment
The Little Indigo Museum in the small village of Miyama, north of Kyoto. We took a subway, two trains, and a bus…but it was well worth it.
Hiroyuki Shindo has been using Indigo since he was a young man.
The pottery village of Shigaraki
There were art installations around the village, this one inside a kiln
•October 15, 2016 • 2 Comments
Some photos of Nagano, Obuse, Matsushiro, and Takayama…
In front of Zenkoji temple in Nagano
These are of a procession in Nagano, going between a small temple and the enormous Zenkoji, which takes place at night for a few weeks each year
Fire buckets are everywhere in Japan, usually red, but these must be faded
Obuse is known for its chestnuts. The town has footpaths paved with blocks of chestnut tree wood
Shot through a window covered with a spotted UV pattern
A steep path leading to a beautiful shrine outside Obuse
Castle ruins in Matsushiro, a 10 mile bike ride from Nagano
Young Monks repairing a torn shoji screen
Alison and I were cycling around Takayama…photo not taken by me
•October 10, 2016 • 5 Comments
A Soba making demo…
The precision of the cutting was something
The D.T. Suzuki Museum in Kanazawa…
At the Contemporary Art Museum, Kanazawa…
At a wasabi farm…
Just some random shots…
Soaking feet in tubs with apples…don’t ask…
•October 6, 2016 • 3 Comments
My bike on a local train. A few stops after I took this photo, the train started filling up, so I moved my bike to the front where there were no seats. There was more than 4′ of unoccupied bench next to me, and only a few tiny spaces here and there in my car. This was a local line…not a tourist route. At further stops, more people boarded than departed, but no one took the space near me, they just squeezed into the other spaces. I didn’t take it personally.
I’m not sure this is even physically possible
I cycled through that half tunnel
A festival in a town I cycled through
These wrapped ears of corn are displayed all around. Must be a autumn thing.
•September 30, 2016 • 3 Comments
It’s been raining off and on the last few days. Fortunately, I’ve been mostly on very small mountain roads so the rain hasn’t been a huge issue. Plus it’s been pretty light and reasonably warm.
Setting out in the rain
Taking a break to get dry for a while
サラダ says “Sarada” or salad, but Salad Road?
The only other place in the world I’ve seen wood so neatly stacked was Switzerland
Primping for the camera in front of Kumamoto castle
The menu at the restaurant last night. I can read Hiragana and Katakana pretty well but I can read absolutely zero Kanji, so this was mostly useless for me
A bike shop. It was open for business if you could make it through the mess
•September 25, 2016 • 1 Comment
48 miles and 4200’…with lots of ups and downs and some pannier-load challenging grades. They call this the “Japan Alps” region, which has some passes up to 8000′, that I’ll do in a few days, but the elevations are nothing compared to the US Mountain Region. Nonetheless, the climbs are still a workout.
Small mountain village
This region is known for its many traditional thatched roof homes
First time I saw a shrine dedicated to a big root. Nice root, though.
In my route planning, I’ll always choose the “route less traveled” when possible. This section was definitely less traveled.
•September 23, 2016 • 2 Comments
These photos are pretty typical of the bicycle infrastructure in Japan. I’m in Kanazawa a few days as the starting point for my tour.
You can never say things are not clear here in Japan for bicycles
First time I saw a bike graphic with a basket
A bicycle parking area near the train station
The bike ramp leading down to the walkway under the road