Monday, 31 December 2007

gassan - moon mountain - 月山

love the way this mountain peeks out in the distance, bright white, it's one of three holy mountains in this area.

Friday, 28 December 2007

looking down...

from mt zao, how little snow there is for this time of year...

Thursday, 27 December 2007

man makes mountains....

42 story apartment block in a valley of low mountains, the sales point is the great views....

Wednesday, 26 December 2007

mt gando

just love this white peak poking out on the horizon..the highest mountain in the area..

Tuesday, 25 December 2007

Merry Christmas!

Japanese style...with strawberry cream cake and fried chicken...although this year, i did a full english dinner...phew...

Monday, 24 December 2007

Wednesday, 19 December 2007

only in japan....

import the guiness flat and then make the bubbles with ultrasonic waves....really!!!

Sunday, 16 December 2007

Saturday, 15 December 2007

weekend in tokyo..

so many huge name brand flagshops in tokyo....really love their luxury brands in this country!

Wednesday, 12 December 2007

Tuesday, 27 November 2007

what a colour!

continue on the food thing.....beetroot soup...yumm

Monday, 26 November 2007

strange collection for dinner...

it was a dinner of slimey mushroom soup, steamed bok choy, vegetable curry, brown rice with black rice, veg pickles, blowfish rice topping, roast lamb and mustard sandwich, and a cuppa tea!

Saturday, 24 November 2007

kahoku town..

these shiney...copper/bronze? roofs on mini shrines caught my eye..

Thursday, 22 November 2007


bending under the weight of the snow..first big dump of the year...earlier than usual..

Monday, 19 November 2007

mt chitose

the city mountain 'chitose' dusted with a little snow..

Saturday, 17 November 2007

Thursday, 15 November 2007

Monday, 12 November 2007

Sunday, 11 November 2007

a lot of these...

swooping around these last few days, not sure what kind of bird, a kite or hawk perhaps...anyone know?

Thursday, 1 November 2007

visit to a temple...

on my way home from work, a beautiful wooded area in town..

Monday, 29 October 2007

a feast...

for the butterflies....found them all munching on this rotten persimmon...

Sunday, 28 October 2007

jinmachi soba...

buckwheat noodles, this was absolutely delicious, and pretty cheap too, about 3 quid ; )

Sunday, 21 October 2007

drove up this time...

i decided to take another trip up to okama, by car this time to take photos, again foggy and freezing, this was about all you could the road is closed for winter..

Friday, 19 October 2007


after 8 years, I plucked up the courage and cycled the 36k, most of it up hill, to the crater lake....although when I eventually got to the top, after 5 and a half hours, this was the view! it was soooo cold, and foggy and rainy, my hands were frozen...but at last i did it!

Thursday, 18 October 2007


when I first came to Yamagata, and drove to Zao Okama, a crater lake in a dormant volcano, I thought how nice it would be to cycle there....

Saturday, 13 October 2007

fancy dinner...

this was the first course, and perhaps the best, especially the seasame tofu....

Friday, 5 October 2007

wine tasting....

well this was the party after the tasting, we got this years fresh pressed grape .... not quite juice, not quite wine....

Thursday, 4 October 2007

local vinyard...

the grapes seemed too sweet to be made into wine tho....absolutely delicous, although not sure we were allowed to be eating them...

Wednesday, 3 October 2007

big drum..

one of my kindergarten students....came and placed himself, very proud of his drum, infront of my camera..

Tuesday, 2 October 2007

Monday, 1 October 2007

they finished...

their test and promptly fell asleep on the desk!

Sunday, 30 September 2007

autumn taste of..

chrysanthemum, soy beans and some kind of green leafy vegetable, with vinegar and soy sauce, absolutely delicisous!!

Sunday, 23 September 2007

harajuku style 1..

harajuku is where the 'young and fashionable' especially around high school age hang out at the weekends, said to some to be the origin of many a new fashion..