AU・お神楽国際交流 Aussie-Okagura

2007.09.30: 上山田お神楽 Kamiyamada Lion Dance

Mike and Susanne with the Kamiyamada Lion Dance group

We recently had the pleasure of hosting these two adventuresome Aussies. Out of the blue, I invited Mike and Susanne to go with me to my lion dance flute practice. They jumped at the opportunity and had a blast with the Okagura gang. The gang had a blast with them, too!
*Click on the title for Mike and Susanne's website,*
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The flutists

The dancers and drummers

露天風呂作り Outdoor bath construction

2007.09.29: その他 Miscellaneous

Overhead view of the bath 上から見た露天風呂

Our big project here at Kamesei Ryokan this year is making an outdoor bath. As you can see from the picture, I have the 'pillow log' in place as well as most of the surrounding rocks. We moved a bunch of dirt, and are eagerly awaiting the time to plant the trees. That should put completion at the end of October.
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りんご狩りは10月からApple Picking to start in October

2007.09.27: 温泉タウン戸倉上山田 Onsen Town Togura-Kamiyamada

陽光は良い色に 'Yoko' variety

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Today I stopped in at one of the local apple orchards. As per the picture, they are turning color right on schedule. Apple u-pick will be available starting in October.
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露天風呂にテント?Tenting by the outdoor bath?

2007.09.26: メディア Media

Teppei and Wataru are walking from one end of Japan to the other. Click on the title for their website. This week they are staying with us here at Kamesei Ryokan. They wanted to sleep in the parking lot or somewhere funky, so I set up a tent in the outdoor bath construction zone and let them sleep out there!
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波閉科神社 秋祭り 

2007.09.23: 温泉タウン戸倉上山田 Onsen Town Togura-Kamiyamada

Every year on September 23rd, our local Habeshina Shrine holds its Fall Festival. Pictured is the afternoon kids sumo tournament. Last year I got to do sumo, too! But this year, I was with the O-Kagura shishi dance group playing the flute. The festival is about as local as you can get, but that has an inherit goodness to it.
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露天風呂のデッキ Our Outdoor Bath's Deck Takes Shape

2007.09.22: その他 Miscellaneous

The deck part of the approach for our outdoor bath took shape today. Tomorrow I'll sand and stain it. The bath will be ready for using soon!

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露天風呂作り アプローチ Stone Approach for the outdoor bath

2007.09.21: その他 Miscellaneous

Mr. Okada, our garden designer, came by again today to help out. Together we built the stone step approach for the outdoor bath. We should have it ready for guests in about a month!

北信五山 5分の2 2/5 of the Northern Nagano 5 Peaks

2007.09.21: 長野に来る理由 Reasons to Come to Nagano


The Nagano Chamber of Commerce held a seminar today at the Kurohime Highlands Dowakan (Fairy Tale Hall). The Autumn sky was a clear blue, highlighting Kurohime and Myoukou's stunning beauty. Once again I was reminded of how beautiful Nagano is.