Thursday, May 26, 2011

My sweets-Day 20(MontBlanc)

20 days for this season

This cake shop is in my neighborhood, but I have never been there.

Mont Blanc
1-29-3, Jiyugaoka, Meguroku, Tokyo

sponge cake rusk (salt)

Somebody gave us as a gift. Crispy rusk, not oily and not too sweet, light taste.
Light salty taste is good.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Ski day 61 at Mt. Fuji

61st day for this ski season, 33 days for powder, 27 days for backcountry, telemark for 15days

Mt. Fuji 6:00-16:00


The last ski in this season must be at Mt. Fuji (Fujiyama). I attended to BanYa tour as usual.

A Japanese old saying, "A fool not to climb up Mt. Fuji, a fool to climb twice".
Mt. Fuji is a symbol of Japan and beautiful to see. However the high elevation causes altitude sickness and it is very crowded in summer. You should climb once to see the reality, but once is enough.
However, it is the very nice mountain to go down by ski. Slopes with 30 degrees last over 1000m height, and you will see a sea of clouds, or the beautiful scenery.
I like skiing there and always want to come back again.

I arrived at 2000m elevation in Friday night. Mt. Fuji is pretty close to my home in Tokyo and it is a good driving.
It is important to stay at higher place at night. You may be able to adjusted with the higher place and to avoid altitude sickness.

Mt. Fuji has four entrances, Fujinomiya, Yoshida, Subashiri and Gotenba.
We used to use Fujinomiya twice. Fujinomiya entrance is the highest (then the approach is shortest) and also closer to the highest summit.

Today we started from Subashiri.
The approach to Fujinomiya was destroyed by the earthquake a few months ago. It was repaired and the service has been resumed, but the gate is open at 3 o'clock for a while. It is too late if you want to adjust to the high altitude.

Moon night. Mt. Fuji was seen faintly.

Morning. The sunrise at the parking place.

Today it would be the good weather.

Today BanYa tour had ten attendees. It is a big party.

Everyone was good at climbing, but Subashiri entrance is 400m lower than Fujinomia, and a bit far to the highest summit. We probably just would go to the rim of the crater.

After a long walk on the rocky road, we reached to the snow.

We put crampons.

We looked down Lake Yamanakako.

A long way to go.

We were almost there in front of the Torii, or the shrine gate.

We were approaching to the peak through Torii.

The peak. 3700m height.

The highest summit with 3776 height is a half way away of the outer rim of the crater.

The crater.

We want to go down there again.

Now the ski time!

Very nice slop and good corn snow.

All were happy.

They were too happy and went down too fast. Hey, watch out!

The snow was kept good until the end.

After the ski, we went to a Japanese restaurant Uokei.

Sasimi bowl. Very nice, but very much volume. I am a slow eater and had to rush at the end.

This is the chef's recommended Kakiage bowl, or the deep fried vegetables and shrimps.

Look at the size! It is almost the chair mat.

I went home very slowly on Tomei highway with traffic.

Now, this is the last ski in this season.
I have skied almost half of a year, 61 days.

I cannot wait for the next season!


Friday, May 20, 2011

My sweets -Day 18 (Chimoto)

18 days for this season

A famous Japanese sweets shop. My family needs to bring its sweets and I could have an extra piece.

Yakumo 1-4-6, Meguroku, Tokyo 152-0023

Yakumo mochi (rice cake)

Very soft rice cake with cashew nuts.
Soft touch and elegant sweet.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

My sweets -Day 17 (D'eux patisserie)

17 days for this season

This is also one of my favorite patisseries in my neighborhood.

D'eux patisserie
Macaron 220yen/pcs

Nicely stable and wet buscuit and rich cream. Really tasty.

Cycling-Day 5-Kanda River upstream(72.3/3,030.6km)

Day 5, 59days for cycling, total distance 3,030.6km, total climb 39,651m
Kanda River upstream 10:44-16:36
Distance today 72.3km, climb 604m, duration 5:23, avg speed 13.4km/h, burned 2,283kcal
Gear: Eurasia 520

Route today.

The good season for cycling comes.

I wanted to go along with Kanda river to the source.
Kanda river flows from Inokashira park to Sumida river.

I ran through the Tokyo downtown and came to Ryogokubashi bridge.

Tokyo sky tree is seen over there.

Kanda river flows just upper of Ryogokubashi. This is the end.

Now I am going upstream.

Few roads are along with the river to Akihabara.

Akihabara, the center of Japanese pop culture.

This signboard was decorated by AKB48 at a TV program.

This scenery represents Kanda river in most pictures.

Hijiribashi bridge at Ochanomizu.

Kanda river flows from the right at Iidabashi.

The river side road starts around Edogawabashi station.

The road is disconnected serveral times but nicely built as a walking/cycling road.

The water is not clean, but clear enough.

An underground pool is built at Kannana street.

I usually drive nearby, but this is the first time to see a lot.

This facility is built for flushing the water in case of flood in Kanda river.

Well organized as a cycling road with such sign boards.

Inokashira park is the source of the river.

24km from the end, two hours trip.

I found a lovely cafe just outside of the park.

I wanted to come in, but hesitated to come alone.

It was the time to go home but it was a little short for my cycling. Then I went to the South to Tama river.

Tamagawa cycling road.

I thought it was the nice weather, but

it was too windy (see the tree in the picture). I could run straight with heading diagonal. My knees hurt.

Many people enjoyed barbecue.

There was the restaurant, PEACE TOKYO.

It was supposed to be opened here, but not yet this year. I want that restaurant back.

I bought cakes on the way home.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

My sweets -Day 16 (patisserie de bon coeur)

15 days for this season

A patisserie in my neighborhood.

patisserie de bon coeur
Fromage Frais 500yen

A cheese cake with blue berry. Turte is salty as an accent. It is different, but delicious.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

My sweets -Day 15 (1904)

15 days for this season

A pattiserie located at Higashiyama, Meguro.

Pattiserie 1904 dix neuf cent quatre
2-5-8 Higashiyama, Meguroku, Tokyo 153-0043
TEL 03-3792-1904

(Left) Chocolate le pistache 450yen
(right) Mont-Blanc 480yen
Mont-Blanc has good chestnut paste and crispy torte.
Chocolate le pistache is a cake of pitache with sour dark cherry.

"dix neuf cent quatre" is 1904 in French and very difficult to remember for me.

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Ski day 60 at Yari Onsen -Day 2-

60th day for this ski season, 33 days for powder, 26 days for backcountry, telemark for 15days

Yarionsen 8:30-12:40

Continued from Ski day 59 at Yari Onsen -Day 1-.

Nice blue sky!!

We should be able to reach Mr. Hakuba Yarigatake (right peak) and ski down on Oideppara (left white wide slop).


During the breakfast black and dark clouds came and the thunder rolled.
We evacuated a shelter the mountain guide quickly made.
The weather seemed not recovering and we would not go further.

What was the blue sky in the morning?

Going back beyond debri.

We went to another peak to go back.

Good slope but wet snow.

It was good to ski down to the parking.

We came back early.

The town was very calm, but the summits were covered by clouds, and the weather should be severe.

The golden week this year was troubled by the weather...

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Ski day 59 at Yari Onsen -Day 1-

59th day for this ski season, 33 days for powder, 25 days for backcountry, telemark for 15days

Yarionsen 7:40-15:30

This time will probably be the last skiing in Northern Japan Alps. Today we were going to Yari Onsen (open sky hot springs) with BanYa tour.

We attempted to stay in a tent at Yari Onsen and to go to Oideppara (wide open slop) and Mt. Hakuba Yarigatake.

Gathering at Sarukura.

A view of Mt. Hakuba.

Arrived at Obinata col and had a break. I had Kashiwa Mochi, or rice cakes wrapped in oak leaves.

To eat Kashiwa Mochi on May 5th is a Japanese custom to wish the long prosper. I missed two days...

Skied down from the col and climbed to Yari Onsen.

This is Yari Onsen, a natural, open sky hot spring.

In summer a lodge is build here, but removed in autumn again to avoid avalanche risk. Build & remove, such a nice Japanese technology.
See the link how they build and remove the lodge (in Japanese). They do it every year!

The snow is more than usual.

We do not have the hot spring now, and go up further.

We left our bags and climbed again.

The weather is going worse...

The upper side was foggy and we could not reach the summit.
The snow was very wet and we could not run. Hmmm.

We went back to the camp site and prepared camping.

Piling the snow blocks up to build a window shelter.

After preparing camping, we went down to the hot spring again.

How nice the beer is! Such a nice hot spring, such a nice view.

After the hot spring we had to climb up to the camp site again. Drunk with beer and relaxed in the hot spring, the climbing was too slow..

Diner and drinking again in the tent.

Continued to Ski day 60 at Yari Onsen -Day 2-.