Time for a new page! And someone here has some dangerous ideas hah~!
It’s been a busy week for me and the weekend wasn’t much better so, sadly, I didn’t manage to get much drawing done. So First Steps will have to wait a little longer, at least for the next weekend, until I can sketch some more episodes. Sorry if you are curious about the development, you’ll need to wait a little bit longer! Thanks for the votes on TopWebcomics too, you guys are super awesome and I’m really grateful (‘∀’●)♡
This past week is a blur for me. Somehow, even though I had four days long weekend before it, I felt more tired than ever and couldn’t sleep well. Maybe the last remnants of the jetlag were making their final push, maybe it was the weather. I don’t know, maybe this week will be a bit better overall.
I’ve been to the mountains today and had an idea to actually share an interesting place or fact about Japan (and living in Japan) every week alongside the update. Would that be interesting to you guys? Do you have any questions? I could try answering them or asking my Japanese colleagues! So for this week…:
LIFE IN JAPAN CORNER #1
Japan is very mountainous country and lots of people here like hiking. Like, honestly, lots. Even if you live in Tokyo it’s possible to reach the mountains by train in an hour or two (by regular train, it’s cheap) and enjoy a hike with a dozen of other people. You might be surprised, but lots of elderly people climb and they are both well prepared and are usually very fit. So if a 70-something looking guy runs past you on the trail don’t feel too bad about it (-ε- )
The most popular destination is mountain Takao but on the weekends it’s usually super crowded. Plus I’ve been to that mountain a dozen of times already. So for today’s hike we’ve picked a different route, one we haven’t tried yet – a trail through two peaks, Ougiyama and Momokurayama. To our surprise, even though the train was packed with hikers nobody picked the same trail as we did. We met some people on the trail itself and on the peaks but for most of the walk the path was empty. And good, because it was super narrow and steep.
The trail takes you mostly through the woods and you can admire the mountains only through the trees. Luckily, most of the leaves were already gone although some autumn beauties prevailed – we saw many Japanese maples which are enchantingly red in November. Ougiyama also has some spots on the trail from which you can see Mt. Fuji on a clear day. We were lucky and we were able to eat breakfast on a bench in the woods war watching the mountain. Here’s the photo I took:
It was a nice trip! The worst part was coming down from the Ougiyama towards the Momokurayama. The path down was very steep and covered with dry leaves, super slippery. We basically fell from one tree to another until we reached the bottom, only to climb similarly slippery path towards Momokurayama’s peak. The view was better on that one, though! So it was well worth it. Clouds covered the Fuji but we enjoyed some sun with Japanese hikers who cooked their meals on the top or just lied down on the grass, watching the mountain range spread before us. I threw some photos on the Instagram, if you are curious (I’ll probably add more later on).