Mountain Climbing

Have you heard of Yuichiro Miura?   He is a famous skier and mountaineer in Japan.   In May, he successfully reached the summit of Mount  Everest (8,848 meters) at the age of 80.  To read his amazing story, please click here. Mail Online    The news of his accomplishment inspired me.   I climbed a mountain twice last month, but the mountain I chose was Mount Kimpo near my house which is only 665 meters above sea level.   I also drove  halfway up of the mountain. lol  There was  beautiful scenery of terraced rice paddies along steep hills at the base of the mountain.


Hydrangeas are a typical flower in the rainy season, June.  They were blooming beautifully.


Why don’t you listen to the birds singing while you read?   I recorded the melody of the little cuckoo and bush warbler.

After parking my car, the picture below is the place where I started climbing. There were two course: the easy and the hard trail.  Of course, I chose the easy one, but it was still a little hard for me. The distance to the peak was only 1.3 km though.


I enjoyed being immersed in nature.  The cool breeze was comfortable.


The trail was steep, stony and slippery.


I took a little break.  A whole view of Kumamoto city and  the Ariake Sea can be seen from the mountain.


Finally, it took about 45 minutes to reach the summit.    There was a shrine at the top.


By the way, I came across an interesting creature on the trail.  At first, I thought it was a blue rubber hose, but then it moved!

The Active Volcano “Aso”

My daughter and I went to “Aso” this month. Aso is the largest active volcano in Japan. It also has one of the largest calderas in the world. We can get to the Aso area in only an hour’s drive from our house. In another 30 minutes  we can reach the craters of the volcano. Even though I live nearby, I rarely go to Aso. It was a warm spring day, but the mountains are still brown. There were only a  few visitors.   However, the mountains will turn a beautiful green in May and many tourists visit.



We made it to the top of the mountain.

The earth is alive!


Get into the shelter when something happens?!

Does“Jizo”protect us? “お願い地蔵” means “make a wish on Jizo”?

Is this a scapegoat”身代不動” for us when something happens?


When I was strolling along the walking trail, suddenly people around me,  including myself,  had a slight coughing fit. When I turned back later, I realized that volcano gas was drifting over the spot.