Hiking in Autumn (23 Nov 04) (Part 2)
Been busy non-stop after my lunch. Dealing 4 plates of 2D-PAGE. So glad now I have 2 hrs to relax before I start my next stage work. Kekeke... very abnormal this week fish fish is so rajin (hardworking). Well, simple, coz next week I have a report to do. And next next week I'll be in Kch. :P These 2 are the very good things to drive this fish speed up in her work. *shame shame*
Ok, back to my 2nd part for the Hiking in Autumn.
Our 2nd stop was in a rest house.
The staffs inside the house were so nice. I didn't know why, but we were served free food for tea time. I guessed this credit must have owed to the organisers. Thanx!!
:P This was what we had for tea time. Kekeke... if you were looking for afternoon tea and a nice piece of cake... Then, u are goin to be disappointed.
What we had were these very typical Japanese foods. The tamago yaki (卵焼き) (Japanese omelette) was so nicely done. I had one piece of that. Even though feel like having a second, not good to eat other people portion too. :P
So, what did fish fish do? She had so much of the takuan (沢庵) (yellow pickled radish). It was one of the best takuan fish fish had ever tried before. With a plain onigiri (rice cake)... Ar~ you bet it was one of the nicest tea time fish fish had ever had too. Not in term of the food, but the whole thing... your mood, the place...
However, I was not too much into the cucumber pickled with perilla. Never really my favorite on that actually.
We even had a chance to have a nice bowl of gobo miso shiru (burdock miso soup). Fantastic. With a very generous portion of mushroom, carrot and wakame inside too. Oh~ I love this soup. The nice smell of the gobo really enhance the umami of the miso. ;)
I was so full in the end. And yes, my energy was fully recharged for the 2nd half hiking. :D
The rest house had a very nice irori (囲炉裏), a traditional Japanese hearth that is constructed on the floor. I wish one day, I will have a chance to stay overnite in a house like this. It would be wonderful to eat fragrant rice cooked in caldron and charcoal fire. *dreaming*
Love this windbell and bamboo curtain outside. Make the shiny sun turned milder.
For sure the scenery view around the rest house was splendid. No concrete buildings will disturb your free like a bird mind.
It is very rare to see burning in an open area. Hmm... I wonder what purpose was that for.
Meet my buddy after the tea time. Dun know why, it kept following us. Suddenly, I just had the mood to race with it. Man~ this chubby thing, run really fast. Finally fish fish gave up. Kekeke... Everyone was saying it likes me... Haha... I guess I do attract animals more than men... Should I be happy or sad... *sigh*
I like this pic. The shadow of a mother and a daughter. These 2 lovely ladies were from Singapore. The daughter was an one-year exchange student. Man~ her Japanese was really good. What more, very tall and slender... *envy!!* See the chubby? So busy companying us one by one.
At the end, I think its territory has reached the boundary... coz it didn't walk with us anymore... But instead, it was standing at the junction to send each of us off. Ar~~ how I wish I can own such a cutie like this. :(
We then past thru a farming area. Geee... my first time to see how soybeans were being dry. Pretty work. Hmm... but why must on the paddy field ground? Interesting.
When almost finished 4/5 of our hiking trail... We reached a nice small famous temple. Named Kanimanji (蟹満寺). There was a lovely tale behind temple.
Just a very brief one. Long long time ago, there was this very kind hearted couple. They had a lovely daughter, who deeply religious in Buddhism. One day, when this young gal saw the village people were going to eat the crabs that were caught, she bought the crabs from them and released them.
After a while, one day, the father was working in the farm. Suddenly he saw a snake wanted to eat a frog. The father wanted to help the frog, so he said to the snake, "If you let it go, I will let you marry with my daughter." Somehow, the snake seemed to understand the saying, it let go the frog and disappeared in sudden.
The father quickly went home to tell the daughter about this, and how regretted he was for doing such a promise. That nite, a man came to the house, wanted to marry the daughter. However, the father asked the man to give them 3 days for the preparation of the marriage.
After 3 days, the man came again. But this time, the father closed the door tightly. The man got so angry, that it changed back into a big snake and banging at the door furiously. The couple were so scared. The young gal quickly recited her sutra. Then, the Goddess of Mercy appeared. "Your daughter has been very kind hearted, and she deeply believed in the existance of Buddha. Don't worry, I will have you to get thru this disaster. Then, the Goddess disappeared.
In a short while, the banging sound vanished. The next morning, outside the house, it was full of broken pieces of snake body and dead crabs. Therefore, to show the appreciation to the Goddess's help, they decided to build a temple to mourn for the death snake and crabs.
Today, this temple, because of the legend, was named Kanimanji.
Typical offertory box and big rope that tied to a wishing bell in Japanese temples.
Unlike Chinese, Japanese use white candles in temples.
These are the Jizo Buddhas (地蔵仏陀), guardian deities of children.
In country side, one-trail railways are very normal.
It was getting close to the evening. We past thru a rest station... Some local volenteers were making free amazake (甘酒) (a sweet drink made from fermented rice) for us. It tasted good. Sylvia love it... Ever since she tried that one, she has been mentioning to me a few times wanted to have amazake again. This drink actually kind of easy to make. Just buy sakekasu (酒粕) (sake lees), boiled with water and some ginger. When omost done, add in sugar... That's it, a very nice winter warming drink is ready.
Evening was the best time to appreciate the nice colour of red leaves.
It was getting darker, when we omost reached the station. See a small black dot in this pic? That was actually someone doing parachute. Kakkoii!! How I wish I can experience that in future.
The final river that we past. Different from the others, this one was very wide and deeper.
It was an exhausting day. But I believed everyone did has a good time as fish fish. Gosh~ the train was full with these foreigners' noisy sound. *blush* :D
Did u have a good time too from this post? ;)