Off to Mt Shiratori, one of the neighbourhood mountains in Gokanosho, to cut the bamboo with a mower. Mt Shiratori is a very good mountain for beginner trekkers to climb where there’s no big ups or downs throughout the trail from the start to the peak (1,450 m – 1,650 m ).
Having finished this work ( I had my wife together for this work ) earlier than we had expected, we went on to see if “Yama-shakuyaku” (= peony) are already blooming, which usually bloom around the middle of May.
Some of them are in bloom but many are not. It seems they will come in full bloom next week as average years. We, in Japan, are not in lockdown due to our constitution that forbids us to restrict our rights of freedom. Therefore, our government is not allowed to force us to self-restrict to stay home in order to stop the virus from widespreading. So there will be some trekkers who would like to see those beautiful flowers soon, and that is the reason for my work this time.
Japan has entered a rainy season. Downpour is causing floods in many places of western Japan. Please check out the weather forecast in your area and if it’s bad, just stay inside or go to a nearby safe shelter. However, it is expected that the rainy season is going to be over next week in Kyushu. Stay focused on the weather forecast.
Takachiho & Aso
Trek at Mt Aso (Kishima dake)
Aso & Kuju tour
Beppu & Aso
Aso & Kuju
Hitoyoshi & Yatsushiro
Kimono wearing and matcha at Tateyama green tea shop.
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