Tuesday, November 27, 2012

My sweets -Day 13(Kamesuehiro)

13days for this season An old traditional sugar candy box in Kyoto.
In Kyoto there are many traditional candy craft shops. Kamesuiehiro is one of it. In an wooden square box various sugar candies are stored. Some are soft, some are hard, but all are hand-made in delicate shapes.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Ski day 4 at Tateyama(day 3)

Beautiful dawn.

4th day for this ski season, 3 days for powder, 3 days for backcountry, telemark for 0 days
Tateyama 7:05-13:55

Continued from Ski day 3 at Tateyama(day 2)

As BanYa tour day3. Today it was sunny at dawn, and
the mountain is lightened beautifully.

Climbing to the Sun(?)

From the ridge, we could see Mt.Hakuba.

Now we drop here.

It was the first time to come here, Hakuba47.
Nice terrain.

We climbed back to the ridge.

Then we skiied down.

This side was also authentic, as well.

This was supposed to be the last run, but there were still good slopes.

We did a small climb and skied down.


We went back to Murodo-Sanso hut to bring our stuff back.

The hut became quiet after the busy time of national holidays.

We enjoyed very much for three days.
Thanks to Tateyama

I love Tateyama, as always usual.

The skiing season has just begun, but Tateyama area will be closed soon.

We look forward to seeing Tateyama, in next spring.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Ski day 3 at Tateyama(day 2)

Full of powder snow in Tateyama.

3rd day for this ski season, 2 days for powder, 2 days for backcountry, telemark for 0 days
Tateyama 7:45-15:15
Continued from Ski day 2 at Tateyama(day 1).

The second day at BanYa tour.
It was cloudy in the morning, but it was forecasted to be sunny.

Climb up for nice snow.

Mt. Tsurugi came into our sight.

We planned to climb more, but my climbing skin was removed and covered by the snow.
It would not be easily recovered.
We skied down in the middle to warm my climbing skin.
Sorry, folks.

But the snow was better in the lower level.
We should ski there for a while.

Climbed up to the middle.

This terrain was also good, although some trails were there already.

Climb up again.

The powder snow remained in the lower area. Now we climb up high.

We reached to the ridge, but it became fogy.

The snow was good, though.

The yellow dust made some contrast and prevented from flat light.

The weather was not good and we ended early, but we did enough today.

A daylight party at the hut with Beaujolaisnouveau.

Continue to Ski day 4 at Tateyama(day 3)

Friday, November 23, 2012

Ski day 2 at Tateyama(day 1)

My season should start at Tateyama.

2nd day for this ski season, 1 day for powder, 1 day for backcountry, telemark for 0 days
Tateyama 14:30-16:00

I came back from Singapore and directly went to Hakuba the night before the tour.

Ougizawa, an entrance to Tateyama.

A long cue for ticketing due to national holidays.

Today it would not be good weather and no reason to hurry.

Walking on snowy road made me excited, though.

The weather was not good, but the snow was enough.

Murodo sanso hut.

Last year we could not stay here, as the season was too late to stay.

Nice to come back in two years.

Stayed in the hut for a while, due to the bad weather.

Lunch at the hut.

After lunch we went out for a short trip.

But my climbing skins did not work very well.

I could not climb and stayed in the hut for a few hours.

The skins became better, and I joined the party.

The visibility was not good but the snow condition was good.

We enjoyed the ride.

Continue to Ski day 3 at Tateyama(day 2)

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Ski day 1 at HappoOne

The season has just begun.

1st day for this ski season, 0 days for powder, 0 days for backcountry, telemark for 0 days
HappoOne 10:06-14:06

The season was supposed to start in Tateyama.
We planned to go there, but the bad weather was expected.
The news came instead, that some of ski resorts in Hakuba would be open.

On Saturday, it was raining heavily.
On Sunday, it was still raining but it was not so bad.
Also the temperature decreased and it would be snowing at the ski area.

We started at 10am.
We got the Kokusai #2 chairlift.

Kokusai course has fewer snow yet.

Panorama course.

It was fogy, but I was happy to ski for the first day.

The visibility was not good but the condition was not so bad.

We did several runs.

We hardly take lunch in the ski resort, but today we had lunch there.

A very unique menu in Hakuba, "Ohyokkuri".

After lunch the visibility got better.

We climbed up a little.
Our ski mate wanted to try new equipment.

It became very windy, though.

We were afraid of the lift operation suspended.

The climbing had to be short.

It looks very smooth as the first track.

But the surface was very crusty.

The lift often got stopping. Now the best time to finish.

The most challenging part for me today.

Descending on the chairlift and hold skies by hands.

It is awful as I have acrophobia.

In a few minutes I became more relaxed to take a picture.

An early start of this season. We wish the pleasant season.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Kyoto -day 3

Continued from Kyoto -day 2.

We finished the locations yesterday that we wanted to visit.
Also it started raining. We just walked around the hotel and bought souveniers.

Japanese traditional cakes and green tea at Kagizen.

We decided to go to Koudaiji temple, just around there.

Nene, an official wife of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a famous fudal load in 16th century is baried here.

She loved this narrow path in her older age.

We walked through to the temple.

The temple is very large and we took longer time to look around.
The colored leaves were beautiful.

We walked through the path again to the parking lot.

On the way we found a good Kyoto-traditional restaurant.

Tempura bowl in Kyoto style.

The rain got heavier. Now the time to go home.
On the way home there were some traffic, but we could come home for late diner.

At a pizzeria nearby my home.

A short trip to Ise and Kyoto for just three days, but the trip was very good enough.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Kyoto -day 2

Continued from Ise Jingu and Kyoto -day 1.

The first place to visit today was Tofukuji temple.

The leaves are colored.

We looked around the Hojo-Hasso garden.

Check patterns of moss and stones.

Nicely colored leaves.

Nice view from Tsutenkyo bridge.

We took many pictures. There were so such many places to take pictures.

After Tofukuji we went to Fushimi-Inari shrine.

This is famous for Senbon-Torii, or thousands Torii gates.

We tried to take a pictures with no one.

This was the only few moment.

At the photo points there were many people waiting for the chance.

For lunch we went to Hanbe-fu.

We had to book two o'clock slot.

All dishes are made of Fua, or breadlike food made of wheat gluten but the rice in the middle.
Very tasty.

After lunch we walked along Kamo-river,

And bought a few Japanese traditional cakes.

Then we went to NijoJo castle, until the next appointment.

It was already closed, but we took pictures, too.

After it we attended to a Taiwanese tea celemony.
Very relaxing and heart-warming ceremony.

The last place we went today was Kiyomizu-dera temple. They have a light-up service in this season.

Many people were walking up to the temple.

Nice lighting.

Colored leaves have nice contrast.

Night view of Kyoto city.

We enjoyed the nice view.

Continue to Kyoto -day 3