The slower, the better. This is a personal motto especially when I’m travelling. The 4-km trail from Nagatoro Bridge to Sen-ga-taki Waterfall was designed as a two-hour hike. But time stands still when you’re in the midst of beauty and mystery. I started the hike at 10:30 and had the Yamanashi’s traditional ‘hōtō’ ほうとうnoodles at about 2:30 at a restaurant right above the waterfall.
It was my first visit to Kofu’s Mitake Shosenkyo (御嶽昇仙峡) and I was not prepared for the huge surprise. I didn’t bother to check images on the Internet; I was more concerned with directions and timetables. Having with you just general knowledge of a place and not knowing too much are usually one of the charms of going on a trip. Discovery is an important essence of traveling.
To be able to film the burning red momijis in the wind was a first experience. Red leaves dancing in the autumn breeze and watching them depart one by one was a moving sight. I felt privileged and blessed to witness them. And the towering granite cliffs were simply humbling. It makes you realize humans are nothing but tiny creatures.
Descending from the cable car, I was greeted with open mouths and wide eyes by a school of golden koi in an artificial pond. Next to the dancing red momijis, the friendly carps were the most cheerful creatures in the deep valley.
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I have a little garden: slightly bigger than the forehead of a cat. I grow herbs: parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme, and mint, and lemon grass, and lavender, and basil. Occasionally, I cook for myself. Sometimes, my Japanese wife and my daughter like my cooking. I come from the Philippines – it is said that there are more than seven thousand islands but I do not own one. I’d love to, though. I always carry a camera with me – in my walks, journeys, and wanderings. Most of the time, I’m home – staring at Fujisan and writing something.