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 see.....now the road is closed for winter..

Friday, 19 October 2007

finally..

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

tomorrow...

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..

Monday, 1 October 2007