This blog will continue show the photos that I take as I live and vacation in Japan. I particularly love to walk and have a strong interest in Buddhism and Shinto so I will be showing the temples, shrines and other interesting things that I discover.
I have lived in Japan since 1976 and now consider it to be my permanent home. I have a very varied background having studied engineering, Japanese and East Asian studies, and education at the university level. I spent ten years in the Army where my job involved Area Studies, mostly in East Asia. When I started to teach in Japan, it was at a post high school level and, after I completed a PhD in education, I moved to a university where I become a full professor. After retiring, I taught part-time but am now completely retired and spend my enjoying myself. I am reasonably fluent in Japanese and at present all of my friends are elderly Japanese.
This is the path that I followed to return to the lower ground. It was very steep in places and actually a bit dangerous. If I had realized how steep it was going to be, I would have borrowed one of the walking sticks that I found near the bottom of the stairs.
Almost back to the flat river valley, I found this lumber yard hidden in the woods. It looked like they prefabricated house parts under the roof, but I could not be sure. The man on the far left was doing something with newly cut wood but I could not see what it was.
Back near the stream, I found this greenhouse. Believe it or not, this is asparagus. It appeared that they were letting it grow so that they could harvest the seeds.