Today for the first time this year we experienced autumn! I have been SO SO homesick for fall. Even though we are in a northern region of Japan, because there are so few trees that change colors – and in some areas so few trees — it doesn’t ever really feel like my favorite season here.
]Today, our three oldest kids didn’t have school because of a sports event on Saturday, so our family took a two-hour day trip to an amazing obscure gorge in Iwate prefecture called Geibikei. Thanks Adairs for telling us about it a year or two ago! We joined the mostly-older tourists in taking a 90-minute boat ride down the gorge, led by an experienced boatman who shared tidbits of information on the way there, and serenaded us on the way back with traditional Iwate folk songs. I don’t think I have loved an experience so much in a long, long time. Time away with my family… the spectacular views… the boat ride…my favorite flower with a few blooms left even in October…. the ducks and the fish competing for our attention… eating our simple Japanese lunch while sitting in a traditional boat… the joy of all of our kids… the falling leaves from high above. This day was very near perfect. We are excited to go back and experience Geibikei in the different seasons.