Spent the morning with some folks from the village walking to the castle ruins in the mountain behind our house. There is no castle there anymore, but the geographical features are evident. This is one of several in the area which was on the border between two waring clans back in the day.
We were joined by some experts on such ruins and the period in which they were built and used. Unfortunately I understood very little of the discussion – not because of the language, but because I don’t know any of the names of lords or important families that were being tossed around. My neighbors, on the other hand, had all seen the famous and popular period drama about the era, so Tomoe and I were the only ones out of the loop.
The drama aired in China, resulting in a marked increase in Chinese tourists to the general area. It is soon to air in Korea, so we can expect some interest from Korean travelers (Koreans make up the highest number of foreign visitors to Japan). While I don’t intend to learn Korean, I am thinking about making a Korean web-site and hiring someone who can to come along and guide.
Even without understanding what was being talked about, it was a beautiful day for a hike. We will be going back again soon as there were many trees along the path with gigantic wild nameko mushrooms. Despite the neighbors swarming over everything they saw, there are still several trees I spotted that no one else noticed.
Mona rode on my back on the way up, but she got sick of that and decided to hike the entire way down. Even at the steep parts she would refuse my help and opted to slide down on her butt. I can’t wait until the snow comes so I can see how she does with snow-shoes.