Fall Colors

It’s here! It snowed in the mountain pass, and has been really cold and rainy for the past few days. I’m just going to leave you with some shots from around Takinoue and our fall foliage. All pictures were taken by Aiko Ishimoto!

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Walking path at Kinsenkyo
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Kinsenkyo

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The waterfall at Kinsenkyo

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It’s beautiful, take a moment and get outside!

 

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Spring is coming!

Monday was the first official day of spring, and Takinoue is really starting to show some headway in that direction. It’s still chilly, but for almost a week every day has been above zero- even though we got a little dusting of snow last night. Spring always takes a long time to settle in and for all of the snow to melt, but for now I’ve just been enjoying the (slightly) warmer weather and blue skies.

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I took the time to take a walk around, soak up the sun, and check out the Shokotsu river. This is one of the bigger waterfalls in town; in the summer, the spray reaches all the way to where I was standing to take this picture. The river is starting to thaw, and the waterfall is starting to flow again!

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This view is visible just down the road from my house, standing on the bridge near one of the local hotels. I love coming here and seeing how the seasons change; it’s gorgeous year-round. I feel really energized with the weather creeping warmer; the winter was wonderful, but I’m ready for spring!