Stories from Japan’s Heartland

Let’s Walking: Kiso-Fukushima to Agematsu

Welcome to ‘Let’s Walking’* – a series of blog posts about hiking the Kiso valley. In this post we’ll be taking a leisurely stroll along the Kisoji between Kiso-Fukushima and Agematsu stations. The Kisoji is the section of the historical Nakasendo route that runs between Niekawa-juku in Nagano prefecture and Magome-juku in Gifu prefecture. Now,Continue reading “Let’s Walking: Kiso-Fukushima to Agematsu”

Unexpected Bullets

Welcome back to Kiso Valley Diary – it’s been a while. I’ve been quite well. Bought a house four months ago. Still don’t live in it, of course. Mostly I just fill in various forms, occasionally hand someone a large sum of money, and answer “no” when people ask me “Have you finally moved yet?”.Continue reading “Unexpected Bullets”

Neighbourhood Rice Harvesting, or, I Tried For Literally Hours to Think of a Good Pun for Harvesting Rice, but the Best I Could Come up With Was ‘Abolish Rice’

It’s rice-planting season here in the Kiso valley. And you know what that means? That’s right – ten thousand frogs croaking just outside my bedroom window literally all night. But while I’ve long gotten used to sound (and now actually find it kind of relaxing), this time around it’s only serving to remind me thatContinue reading “Neighbourhood Rice Harvesting, or, I Tried For Literally Hours to Think of a Good Pun for Harvesting Rice, but the Best I Could Come up With Was ‘Abolish Rice’”

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