Mountain Day 2016

Japan’s New National Holiday

Happy Mountain Day, 2016! If you don’t know already, today — Thursday, 11 August, 2016 — is the first-ever Mountain Day national holiday here in Japan.

That’s what today’s image on Google Japan is all about, if you didn’t know

TBH, though R. has the day off work and school hasn’t yet started, we don’t have plans to do anything specific to celebrate. We figure we already spend a lot of time in the mountains – in fact we’re just back from our summer trip to the Canadian Rockies! – and besides, it’s uncomfortably hot on main-island Honshu in August. Besides, summer is a busy time in Japan, and the mountain trails and huts will be crowded with students and tourists and other holiday-makers.

We prefer to do our own thing, at our own pace🙂 We’ll celebrate the mountains we’ve been blessed with in our own way, as we always have…

Meantime, here’s Kachou Fuugetsu “Flower Bird Wind Moon:” a gallery of pictures from our outdoor adventures in Japan


Omoshiroi Mono Fine Art Photos from Japan

Omoshiroi mono “interesting stuff” photo gallery created on 5oopx.

I added five photos — originally taken on film back in 2015 — from neighbouring Saitama, Japan to the new gallery Omoshiroi Mono: Fine Art Photos from Japan at 500px.

Back in the Big Sushi… What’s with this Weather?!?

Summer travel blogs and photos

Berg Lake

Just to say, I returned to – an extended rainy season in – Tokyo from my summer trip to Canada late last week, and I’m currently posting blogs to Exit Booted and photos to Instagram from our backpacking trip on the Berg Lake Trail in Mount Robson Provincial Park.

Check out pictures on Instagram

Or follow the story as I continue to post it on Exit Booted