2006.06.10: 長野に来る理由 Reasons to Come to Nagano

Nunobiki Temple


30 mins. by car upriver from our town is Nunobiki Kannon temple, the location of several legends involving Zenkoji Temple in Nagano City. Fascinating architecture, amazing rock formations, hand-dug tunnels - a must see!


2006.05.21: 長野に来る理由 Reasons to Come to Nagano

Obasute Night View


The night view from Obasute-yama, the mountain that overlooks our town. Chikuma River winds through the foreground, with the lights of Nagano City in the background. Picture courtesy of our guest Mr. Haraguchi, from when we took him to see the view. We would be happy to show you, too!


2006.05.07: その他 Miscellaneous

long, long walk

Today was the 25th annual 30km walk from Kamiyamada to Zenkoji Temple in Nagano City, commemorating the legend of a housewife being led to the temple by a bull that caught her laundry in his horns.

River Fish ハヤ

2006.05.03: 長野に来る理由 Reasons to Come to Nagano


Fishing for 'haya' in In Chikuma River (the river that runs through our onsen town) starts every April. The fishing is done using the ancient techniques of building a berm in the middle of the river and using a net. Haya is an acquired taste, but come try it!


2006.04.16: 温泉タウン戸倉上山田 Onsen Town Togura-Kamiyamada

Easter Eggs


Happy Easter! We put on an Easter Egg Festival for the town, together with the Ryokan Assoc. and the town's Int'l Relations Assoc., and had 120 people hunt, decorate, and play games with eggs.


2006.03.24: 亀清旅館 Kamesei Ryokan

Gathering firewood


Early spring is the time we wood burning stove owners start collecting wood for the next winter. Here in Nagano, we stove owners hook up with the apple orchardists and help them with their trimming, receiving wood in return. Reciprocal Relationship, Nagano-style.

Raking Leaves from the Trees

2005.11.05: 日米関係Culture Shock


While sweeping outside the inn, I saw our neighbor trying to rake leaves down from his tree. I thought it odd, as the leaves would fall naturally anyway. Later, he came and apologized for his leaves blowing onto our property. How kind!