Linda Nagata: the blog at Hahví.net

Back From Japan

June 15th, 2017

It’s not really a good idea to go on vacation right before a book launch, but circumstances worked out that way so I spent the last week in Japan with Ron, my daughter Dallas, her husband Ed, and a new camera which I don’t know how to use. For most of the trip I had the camera inadvertently set on some kind of burst mode and I haven’t had time to figure out how to pull individual shots, so all but the first of the photos below are from the second to last day of our trip.

We started in Tokyo — my first visit to that city — then headed out to Nagano for a few days. From there we were able to visit Matsumoto Castle and attend a firefly festival in Tatsuno. This was the first time I ever saw fireflies! They are amazing and wondrous little creatures. I did not realize they are so bright.

We also took a long day trip, starting with the Shinkansen to Itoigawa. From there we transferred to a one-car train that headed into the mountains — the “Japanese Alps” — following a spectacular narrow gorge with a white-water river. We were heading for a nature preserve, so we left the train and took a bus up to a ski town, nearly empty in June. From there, a twenty minute gondola ride with more spectacular views, and then a five-minute tram. By this time it was late afternoon and we had only twenty minutes at the top where the nature preserve was located. We didn’t see the green meadow in the brochure though because there was still several feet of snow on the ground! The scenery was gorgeous all the same and well worth the adventure.

We returned to Tokyo and visited some sites around the city. Our first day was rainy, but a sunny day followed and we were able to visit the Meiji Shrine Inner Garden and the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. Photos below.

Street of umbrellas. 😉

A gate into the Meiji Shrine Inner Garden. The garden is a wonderful, cool sanctuary in the heart of Tokyo.

The iris garden was my favorite. Though we were there in mid-June — quite late in the blooming season — the flowers looked to be at their peak.

Me, looking awkward in front of the camera, but at least I dressed in appropriate colors. 😉

Obligatory water lily photo.

Shelf fungi caught in a beam of sunlight, because I like that sort of thing.

A mix of park and city, because I like this sort of thing too. This was taken in the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

Posted on: Thursday, June 15th, 2017 at 9:14 am
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