For those of you that don’t know, I was recently in a bicycle accident. I am currently recuperating and taking time to rest and heal. As I sit and have my coffee in the morning, watching the snow falling, I long to explore the mountains of Akita. For now, I ask for you to hang … Continue reading To My Followers
Hamada Forest Park, vast and serene, is just south of Omoriyama Zoo. While I am not complaining, I have to say that I am a bit surprised that I was the only person there. Not far from the city center, it seems to me that it would be an enjoyable place to go on a … Continue reading Hamada Forest Park
I thought after visiting Dakigaeri Gorge that my hunt for autumn leaves was over, but I was wrong! Sunday, I went to Oyasukyo, a beautiful area in Yuzawa. The magnificent autumn colors took my breath away. Stunning, beautiful, and breathtaking are all words that describe the fall leaves in the gorge. As you enter the … Continue reading The Hunt Continues in Oyasukyo!
This past Sunday, I followed a Japanese tradition that dates back to the Heian Period, momijigari, or “red leaf hunting.” Searching for beautiful shades of autumn leaves is featured in and made famous by classic Japanese literature, such as The Tale of Genji, and waka, or “short poem.” I began my search at Dakigaeri Gorge. … Continue reading Red Leaf Hunting
Some of you may be wondering, what does the BES Adventurer do on his “downtime?” Well, truthfully, the adventure never stops! On a typical day off, I wake up in the morning, pour a cup of coffee and pull up Google Maps. I search for an area that seems interesting, usually somewhere mountainous or countryside, … Continue reading A Day in the Life of the BES Adventurer
For over 100 years, the Handaen tea shop has provided the people of Akita with a vast selection of quality tea. During my most recent visit, I sipped gyokuro green tea, which has a natural sweet taste and an invigorating smell. As autumn and cooler evenings approach, I find myself drawn to the soothing sensation … Continue reading Handaen Tea Shop
The morning to Mount Akitakomagatake began with an old bus and an overly confident driver taking hairpin turns at high speed. Fully awake from the journey to the parking lot, my friends and I began our trek into the eerie mist. Clouds covered the mountain, and we could barely see further than 30 meters in … Continue reading Mount Akitakomagatake