In a way, not much has been happening lately, but on the other hand, lots has. We’ve just finished the mid semester exams and sports day at school, and during that time I had a number of days off. Now its the 5 week hard slog until end of semester exams and winter break.
Because I’ve had extra time off, and because the weather has been great (well, barring that late typhoon on Oct 8th), I’ve had plenty of time to go hiking. I’ve actually gone 3 times this month, which has me at a never before achieved physical fitness level (^-^)v
Firstly I hiked from Mt Takao to Mt Jimba. It was probably the hardest hike (barring Mt Fuji) that I have done to date. Mainly because it was 19km. But I survived and had a great feeling of accomplishment afterwards. It was actually really good timing, after the typhoon, because the sky was really clear and I could see Mt Fuji, Tokyo, and even all the way to Mt Tsukuba, which is pretty rare.
Last weekend I went to Hakone for 3 days 2 nights. While I was there I did two hikes, the first from Gora to Hakone Yumoto, and secondly a walk around Lake Ashi. The Gora hike was pretty hard, and I have to admit that I was kinda freaked out about the possibility of seeing a bear. The hike around Lake Ashi was a lot easier, and I actually meet with a friend I had made at the summer camp I worked at, which made the hike really pleasant. And of course I went to onsen and had a massage, so it was also a pretty relaxing weekend.
On Friday I decided to go to Nikko for the day and walk the Senjogahara marshes. I was a little disappointed I was too late for most of the leaves changing, but despite that, it really was a beautiful walk. I think I might try to go again in summer next year.
I worry a little that I’m somewhat of an addictive personality. I really seem to have caught the hiking bug, but I also know I’ll probably only be able to go once a month from now, at least in the winter months. But I’m totally excited about using my new thermal cup when I do go hiking –
Is it possible to have a thermal bottle/mug fetish? because I swear I have about 6 things now…. Anyhow, this one is specifically designed for hot drinks, and is really easy to use. Its kinda sad, but I’m particularly impressed with the pouring cap –
You just push down on the red button to open the spout, and to close you push the tab on the side in! Very smart – I like that you don’t have to touch the spout. I tried it out on Friday, and I was also surprised at how long the water inside stayed hot. It’s supposed to keep it at 70deg for 7 hours or so, but it lasted longer! So now I’ll be able to take tea with me when I go hiking. How exciting!!
Apart from hiking not much has been happening, however there are a few things that have tickled my fancy.
At 7-11 the other day I spotted Azuki (sweet red bean) flavoured Pepsi. Only in Japan…
It wasn’t flavoured cola, but more like flavoured sprite. Actually, it wasn’t bad, however it really didn’t taste much like azuki to me. But I’ll try anything once.
I also got a delivery of bulbs the other day, in the hopes that come spring I’ll have a lovely pot of lovely flowers. I planted them up this morning, and here’s what it looks like now –
Let’s just hope I don’t manage to kill them… I’ll post photos when they bloom… If they bloom… Really, I’m good at killing plants….