Hello and hope you’re having a great start to 2015!!
Tamaki san is pretty busy everyday
and his fans are as busy as him,
following his footsteps everywhere he goes XD
Today I’m going to write about his trip to Okutama,
in the westernmost point of Tokyo!
Only one and a half hour away from the center of Tokyo by train.
So let’s see where he’s going to take us this time….
The place is Tokyo…
but we are surrounded by the great nature here in Okutama.
Tamaki san is heading to the station to ride on the “Cable Car”.
Going to mitakesan (Mt.Mitake)
Despite being so close to where he lives,
he has never been to this place before.
And he is amazed by the beauties of the nature around this area.
As he reaches the station,
he gets his ticket and waits with everyone else in the waiting hall.
As always, he says his greetings to everyone he meets…
Suddenly one of the ladies in the hall says
“It’s Tamaki… san! Right?”
It was obvious she wanted to ask that since
the moment he entered the station,
and more obvious that Tamaki san was actually
waiting for her to ask because she kept looking at him!
And the way he’s trying to hide his smile when answering
making it all a super cute situation!!
He asks them if they are from Tokyo
and they say that they are from oume
and have been up to mitakesan many times before.
Tamaki san startschatting with them,
saying it’s a good thing the rain has stopped…
seems like it was raining early in the morning.
He passes the gate
and gets on the cable car
off to mitake san!
As he gets off the cable car,
he starts walking around in the good sunny weather!
“Feels good already!”
Then he finds a funny board saying
“Take a memorable photo of your ride with your pet!”
He laughs and finds it a new discovery!
Normally these boards are made for human beings,
not their pets!
Next he rides on a Lift to go up to the mountain!
It’s almost like the Ski lifts you can find in the Ski resorts XD
he hops on one of the chairs and leaves the platform.
The ride sounds really fun!
He’s enjoying the scenery I guess XD
After getting off the lift,
he starts walking in the mountain…
surrounded by the huge trees…
“It’s so quiet…” he says.
“The sounds are different from what you can hear in the city…
the sound of the trees being shaken by the wind…
the sound of the birds singing…
The road suddenly ends and he enters a small village!
Not too many buildings in this village,
mostly built to welcome the visitors from other areas.
Tamaki sa san starts walking in the village…
then he encounters a man talking to an old lady through a window!
He greets them
And he greets him back and comes to him…
Then Tamaki san asks him
“Have you been living here for a long time?”
“No I just deliver the food and ingredients!”
Tamaki san is confused…
“From where do you deliver them?”
Seems like he takes orders everyday and buy them in the morning,
then delivers the ingredients to each of his customers.
Tamaki san is still confused
and asks him if comes up riding on the cable car
but of course he says that he drives a car.
There’s a road other than the one they took to come up here. But it can only be used by authorized people and not all the tourists. There’s no super market in this village. Only souvenir shops and that’s all!! That’s why he makes a visit everyday and take orders.
As the delivery man has a lot more to deliver…
Tamaki san thanks him and says goodbye.
The he uses the chance and starts talking to the old lady in the house…
“okaasan, have you been living here all this time?”
But she says that she can’t hear very well…
Tamaki san apologizes and gets one step closer
and raises his voice a little but while
repeating his question one more time.
This time she can hear him and says that
she’s been here all her life and she’s already 93!
The he asks her if she’s going to cook from now on…
And she answers with yes and says that guests are coming here to visit her tomorrow! Also talks about how working is what matters the most in life… and how she’s been cleaning and working since she woke up this morning!
He thanks her and says goodbye!
As he starts walking in the village again while talking
about the okaasan he just met and how hard she works…
Suddenly something gets his attention…
A very beautiful building with a gorgeous architecture
The place is listed as an important cultural property.
He also finds a clinic on his way
but it’s only open for 50 minutes!!
Probably someone comes up to make a visit
and leaves after that everyday.
Then he finds someone…
A man walking by himself…
He approaches him and asks after greeting:
“Where did you come from?”
“Fussa.” He answers.
“It’s around this area isn’t it?
Do you come here very often?”
“No… it’s my first time!”
the man says ^^
“Even though it’s close to where you live?…
guess it’s like that actually! When you live nearby…”
Then Tamaki san asks him again:
“Did you come here all by yourself?”
“Yes! I’m all alone…”
he answers while laughing
“Taking photos with your camera…” Tamaki san says!
GET to the point already!
“Did something sad happen or something?”
“Well… sort of!”
And they both laugh out loud together XD
Two men understanding each other very well?!?!
Anyway he thanks him and says goodbye!
As he keeps walking and moves on…
he steps into a narrow street with lots of shops lining in the both sides!
He stops in front of a souvenir shop and while wondering
if he should get a rest here or not…
looks inside and finds an old lady sitting in the shop…
then the shop lady greets him and he greets her back!
A photo takes his attention at the entrance…
A woman is wearing a bear’s skin on her head XD
The lady inside the shiop tells him that
he can actually see the bear if gets in!
And he does!!
Seems like there are bears living around the area
and it’s even dangerous to go out in the woods by yourself.
The lady tells him that he can put in on his head
as most of the people visiting the shop would do (￣▽￣;)
but Tamaki san laughs and reuses to do it XD
He’s excited about the real Bearskin he can hold in his hands…
Touches the claw and says that this must be painful!
The decoration of the shop is really interesting!
Seems like the previous owner
has made the table sets all by himself!
Then he decides to order something and take a rest here…
Asking the lady while looking at the menu:
“The water around this area must be delicious, right?”
And the lady explains that the water they
use to make coffee
and soba here,
is all taken from a natural waterfall in the mountain.
So he asks the lady:
“Is Ice-coffee delicious as well?”
The lady says that it’s delicious
but she recommends hot coffee
saying the you can feel the taste better this way…
Tamaki san agrees and looks at the menu again…
but he raises up his head and says:
I would like to have Ice coffee please!”
All the filming crew are laughing behind the camera!
Tamaki san laugsh and says:
“Even though I know it…
I know it will be tastier if it’s hot!!”
He’s just like that!!
And he knows it himself XD
here comes the ice-coffee made from the clean water
coming directly from the heart of the nature!
The lady asks him to drink some without adding milk or
sugar to feel the real taste!
he says that it’s totally different!
The lady explains how she goes to the mountain everyday,
fills the tank with the water
and brings it back home.
“It must be really tough!”
Tamaki san says!
But she says that she rides on a mini bike
when the weather is good…
But when it snows and she can’t ride the bike,
she has to carry the bottles of water in her backpack!!
Then suddenly Tamaki san comes up with an idea
but he can’t say it directly XD
“Have you already brought the water you need for today?”
“Yes I brought today’s water this morning!”
“Don’t you need some for tomorrow?!”
The lady gets what he wants to say and laughs!!
Then after taking a look at the staff members
and thinking for a second,
“We can go there together if you want!”
Tamaki san immediately agrees and says:
“Then I will ride on the bike!!” XD
He never changes ^^
After laughing out loud he becomes the polite kind
Tamaki Hiroshi again and says with a sweet smile on his face
“OK… Let’s walk there together then!”
Tamaki san will walk to the waterfall
and they will meet up with the lady there!
“Sooo… I will take the poly tank with me…
and after it’s filled with water,
okaasan will take it back riding on the bike… right?”
Then suddenly everyone laughs and he says…
“Then why am I even taking the tank with me?!”
And off he goes to the mountain…
Be aware of the bears O_O
I will write about what happens next in the next part….
see you soon!!
End of part 1