Okutama (Part 2)

Hello again and I’m back with delay!!
Forgive me for being late…

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let’s continue our Journey with Tamaki san…

He is off to see the waterfall and get some clean water!

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On the way he talks about how the place you live in,

can affect the way you talk…

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For example the calm way the lady in the shop

was talking to him.

Then he says:

“The buildings in the cities…

of course seeing the various types of buildings

makes you think how interesting they are…

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But the artificial things can always

make you bored after a while… 

However,

it’s strange how you never get tired of

seeing the nature…

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the expression of each and every one of the trees

the differences in their colors,

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… It’s really beautiful!

The colors produced by the nature

are unique after all!”

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Then he starts taking photos…

one after another again…

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As he starts walking toward the waterfall,

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once again he’s stopped…

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By something interesting!

A huge rock with trees growing on top of it!

While wondering what story can be lying behind this rock..

he notices two ladies trying to climb down the rock!

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So he decides to wait for them to come down

and have a chat!

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He asks them what’s going on up there and

they tell him that he can see a Tengu

if he climbs up to the top!

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Then he asks them if it’s their first time here

and they reply with yes!

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Next is Tamaki san’s turn to climb up!

He goes up getting help from the chain on the rock…

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He’s amazed by the too many roots coming out of the ground

and covering the surface of the rock!

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going up and up…

Finally he can see the Tengu’s statue!

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Tamaki san almost forgot

about his promise with the lady!!

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They were about to meet each other

at the place where the waterfall is…

“…It’s already one hour?”

He says!

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Let’s hurry up!! =ε=ε=ε=┌(; ・_・)┘

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But he stops again

as soon as they get to the riverside!

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Amazed by the beauty of the place!

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Finally he meets up with the lady and

apologizes for being late

explaining how he was stopped at other places XD

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The lady asks him to be careful

walking on the stones.

They are very slippery around here…

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It’s the lady’s everyday rout but for Tamaki san,

every little thing and every scenery on his way

is a new discovery!

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So every few steps they move forward,

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he makes a stop and takes a look around!

He likes the way the moss is covering

the stones in a beautiful way.

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I really love the way he enjoys

the nature just as it is!! ^^

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Finally they get to the destination!

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綾広の滝 (Ayahiro no taki)

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Of course…

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he starts taking photos right away ^^

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The source of this water

is the rainfall water in mitake mount.

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The lady says that there are people

who come here for Misogi!

“The water must be really cold!”
Tamaki san says.

Some even do it

in midwinter!!!! O_O

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Tamaki san says that he has visited

another waterfall recently.

But as expected,

all of them are different from each other!

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What makes him happy

is how this one is so close to the center of Tokyo!

And the lady says that you can get here

in no time by the train!

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But they still have a little bit more to walk

until they get to the place

where the lady gets the water everyday!

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On there way,

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Tamaki san says that it would be really scary

if you happen to encounter a real bear here in the forest!!

XD

And the lady agrees

saying that you have no way out

if it’s somewhere around here O_O

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Finally…

They have arrived to the place where the water

is coming out from a narrow pipe…

refreshing and clean!

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“It’s really cold!” he says.

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Then Tamaki san finishes the job

he went all the way here for…

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Filling the tank with the fresh water!

But he will not take it all the way back of course.

XD

The lady gets on the bike

and leave them behind…

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It’s a little bit lonely when she leaves,

But Tamaki san has to continue his journey!

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As he starts walking again,

he talks about how everyone living in the cities

can easily access the clean tap water

whenever they want.

But in the old days,

people had to walk a long way,

to get to the place

where they could have some clean water.

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And he says that it was fun,

being able to have an experience like that today!

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Maybe years ago,

there were lots of huge natural landscapes

like this around this area,

but with the growth of urban places

and cities growing bigger and bigger everyday,

just a few of them have remained now.

Tamaki san says that it’s good to see that places like these

have remained untouched even now.

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Lets’s go deeper and deeper in okutama!

Walking around again,

Tamaki san finds a bridge!

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unzenbashi (雲仙橋)

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Watching the beautiful scenery from the bridge,

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and admiring the place…

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Tamaki san notices a person wearing a unique outfit!

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A lady who seems to be drawing

something in her sketchbook.

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He becomes interested, gets closer and greets her!

She’s surprised of course but Tamaki san asks her:

“Can I ask what you are doing?”

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“If I have some time, even for 5 minutes,

I draw something like this…”

and she points to her sketchbook.

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“Could you show me?”

Then she explains to him while showing him the drawing.

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And suddenly she says:

“My Studio is right over there…”

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And of course Tamaki san doesn’t let the chance slip away

and asks if they can visit her studio…

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and she agrees off course ^^

On their way to the studio,

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Tamaki san asks her if she always wears

an outfit like this…

And she says yes!

Even when going to the city.

Her name is Mukohara Tsunemi (向原常美)

But she’s called Muko chan by everyone and is

noticeable with her cloths wherever she goes.

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Mukohara san’s Studio is a very nice place.

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Full of her work hanging on the walls…

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Mukohara Tsunemi san,

is a bokusaiga sumie Artist.

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And her works have been able to attract a

lot of attention inside and outside Japan.

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Seems like she enjoys living and working

in Okutama.

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Her neighbors always bring fresh vegetables for her.

like the ginger on her table… she says that

the lady next door who has a farm

has brought this for her.

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Tamaki san says that it’s hard to believe

we’re still in Tokyo! XD

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Then Muko chan asks Tamaki san if

he would like to try painting something,

and he says yes!! But he has never had

any experience of drawing this kind of painting he says ^^

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No problem at all!!

Let’s do it XD

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And here we go!!

Preparing the ink XD

For me, this was one of the most interesting

parts because my Major is Japanese painting XD

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Muko chan chooses the vegetables as his model!

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And he starts moving his brush on the paper,

with a super serious look on his face XD

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When he’s done,

Muko chan asks him to sign,

and says” “Sign it as Hiroshi!”

ahahahahaha!

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And he does!

By the way,

the other word he wrote on the painting is

出逢い (deai) which means “Encounter”

Next destination!

Is a place in the heart of the mountain…

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日原鍾乳洞 (Nippara Cave)

It’s already getting chilly

before he even enters the cave.

And as he gets in…

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“aaa cold!!” he says XD

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Tamaki Hiroshi saying it’s cold…

it’s a historical moment XD

hahahahaha!

He loses of course and

decides to put some cloths on ^^

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“Should not underestimate the nature!”

He says! (;^ω^)

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it’s a narrow tunnel and the ceiling is

a little bit low for Tamaki san’s height ^^

As he enters the cave,

somehow the “always quiet” Tamaki san,

starts to talk more than usual XD

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Then he notices that himself and says

that when you enter places like this,

and you become excited,

you talk more and somehow want to keep your

connection with the people accompanying you!

Because there’s also this “Fear” you can feel,

which makes you excited as well!

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Then he reaches a place,

where it says 水琴窟 (Suikinkutsu)

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meaning something like a Cave Water Harp!

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Tamaki san listens carefuly and after

a few seconds he can hear the sound clearly.

The staff are still moving around and

making some noise,

so he puts his left hand’s pointing finger

on his nose!

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and everyone become quiet…

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….

….

Even I don’t dare to type anymore XD

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Now it’s easy to hear the sound…

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very charming and mysterious!

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The whisper of the earth perhaps…

“When you just hear the sound,

it makes you think it’s artificial…

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like something dropping on metal and making sound!

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But thinking that the sound is being made naturally,

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it makes it very mysterious!”

He says!

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As he keeps going deeper in the cave,

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suddenly the narrow tunnel turns into a wide space!!

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Tamaki san is amazed!

He didn’t imagine the place to be this huge!

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He claps his hands a few times to see

how the reflection of the sound would be…

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He is touched by how close he can

get to something with such great scale!

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It is decided again!

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This place is chosen as

“Kokoro no hikyo #5”

by Tamaki san!

☆☆☆

☆☆☆

Going back to the streets of the town,

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Something gets his attention again!

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“Emiken, Order made Home Furniture”

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He becomes curious and

decides to make a visit to the store.

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He gets inside and greets the owner.

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A very interesting young man, “Sato” san!

Tamaki san asks him if it’s been a long time

since he started this business…

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but Sato san says that he started 13 years ago

and before that, he used to work as a salaryman!

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Tamaki san is surprised and curious to know

why he chose to change his life like that!

Seems like Sato san used to come here to okutama

almost every week and ride on his Kayak in

Tama river as his hobby!

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Then Sato san says:

“Have you ever tried riding on a Canoe?”

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And Tamaki san says that he has not!!

Sato san has some good ideas…

So he says: “If you want to, we can… “

And Tamaki san replies immediately:

“Sure… But it’s getting dark outside!

Is it gonna be alright?”

hehehehe and they both laugh!

But they look down from the window

and decide to do it in the end!

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The amount of the water in the river

is more than usual because of

last night’s rainfall.

OK!!

Let’s go ride some Canoe!!!

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XD

Somewhere like a cute backyard,
Sato san’s elder son “Taizo” is playing on a swing!

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Tamaki san says Hello! And

Taizou un greets him back!

Then as his father introduces his son,

Tamaki san also says:

“Nice to meet you… I’m Tama…”

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But Taizou kun doesn’t wait for him to finish

and says:

“Soft voice!”

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“Soft voice?!?!”

Tamaki san says and laughs out loud!

O_O

Wonder if he means it in a good way…

hmm I think so XD

Then as Taizou kun is still swinging,

Tamaki san says that the swing is pretty cool!

But somehow,

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Taizou kun doesn’t stop staring at him

with a huge smile on his face XD

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Here Sato san says that it’s getting darker

every minute so we better keep going…

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As they start walking,

Tamaki san tries to talk to Taizou kun…

asking him if he had ridden on Canoe before

and he says yes,

as expected from Sato san’s son!!

XD

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Lifting up the boat…

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and heading to the river!

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Let’s get on!!

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Putting two cameras in the boat…

We have no other choice but to leave the staff behind…

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byebye…

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paddling and paddling…

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Taizou kun is following them on his own kayak!

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Sounds so much fun!

Sato san says the haze over the water becomes

much more stronger than this in the morning…

it becomes hard to see your surroundings!

Tamaki san asks:

“Despite that, you would still ride the boat?”

“Yes! To see that view… it feels good!”

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And Tamaki san laughs out loud XD

Then as Taizou kun gets closer to their boat,

Tamaki san asks him since when he’s been doing this…

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But he doesn’t know and asks his father…

Sato san says:

“I think after he passed 4…”

Tamaki san asks him again:

“Wasn’t it scary… in the beginning?”

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“In the beginning it was!” he replies.

“It is scary… something you’re doing in the nature!”

Tamaki san says…

And he continues:

“But because it’s something he’s doing in the nature,

you should also teach him about the dangers he may face…

not just the fun parts!”

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Sato san agrees and says that this environment is the

best place to teach him about stuff like that…

at school they may just tell them not to do this or that

and they will grow up without getting to know anything…

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As they come back from their ride in the river…

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Sato san has some good news:

“We prepared dinner for you!”

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“NO WAY!” Tamaki san says!

XD

And thanks them for everything

they are doing for the shooting team toda!

On the boat,

I think Sato san was actually doing the camera man’s job!!
XD Thank you!!

They are a very kind and cute family!!

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The dinner table is set in the yard!

Sato san introduces his family…

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His wife Emiko san,

his elder son who was riding with them in the river,

Taizou kun,

And his younger son, Ryuzou kun!

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ヽ(・∀・)ノ

Tamaki san says this is the best!

They all sit down and start eating!

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Tamaki san is really good at Grilling meat XD

So he starts doing it by nature I guess!

“Here comes the meat!!”

and puts the pieces of delicious meat

in the children’s plates!!

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I love the way he serves the young boys

before everyone else ♥

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The way the two boys are eating,

makes you wanna get up and

make something to eat right now!!

“DELICIOUS!!!”

The boys say with a super excited voice!

And make Tamaki san smile XD

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While grilling the meats…

Tamaki san starts talking to Sato san…

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“Living in this nature and 

seeking the calm…

of course the things you can have

in a city life can be charming as well…

but…”

And Sato san says that the comfort you have here is

based on the amount of hard work you do yourself…

and that’s the interesting part.

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In the other side of the yard,

Taizou kun is grilling fish for them on the fire!!

Nijimasu or Rainbow Trout

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Tamaki san tries to eat a bite but it’s too hot!

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He does it anyway…

and wow!!

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It’s been a while since I saw him

enjoy something so much XD

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He really likes the taste!

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Turns his head toward Taizou kun and says:

“It’s delicious!!!”

Sato san is enjoying it as much as he does!

What a great dinner ヽ(*^^*)ノ

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“Starting from tomorrow,

I want to live this life style!”

Tamaki san says

with a serious expression on his face!!

hehehehehe

Everyone laughs but Emiko san says

that they are always waiting for him here!

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As much as I know him,

this really is his dream life ^^

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Guess he was a little bit jealous XD

☆☆☆

Another journey comes to an end…

Thank you so much for reading the report
ヽ(・∀・)ノ

Next is a journey to

Hinohara village, again in Tokyo!

Doing some crazy stuff…

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Meeting interesting people…

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And eating some delicious food again
XD

See you soon!!

Byebye

6 thoughts on “Okutama (Part 2)

  1. Thanks again for the report, enjoyed reading it! ^_^ I laughed at Tamaki’s drawing, haha, but am glad he got to experience various things once again. So glad that he’s someone who loves nature and takes joy in experiencing new things. Hope he gets to live his dream life soon!

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    • Thanks again for reading!! The more people he meets during his travel, the more fun it will be for both him and the viewers! He was the best choice for this show! Curious and natural… I know he’s busy but I hope they don’t stop these hikyo trips any time soon >_<

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  2. Is this show got good rating in Japan? If yes, maybe it won’t over soon 😀 Ah, I like that sumi-e part, I just searched about inkstone recently and the dinner, made me hungry at once! oh, and of course, praise to the reporter, i love this: “=ε=ε=ε=┌(; ・_・)┘” 😀

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    • Thank you Milka san XD Well this show is being aired in BS Asahi which is a cable TV in Japan and not everyone can watch it. You can watch it for free if your TV or your Recorder has the technology of course (Like mine). And it’s listed as Documentary Journey, so the ranking system and stuff which is used for TV drama series and Variety shows, are not used for it. I just hope it keeps going on forever XD
      That running smiley… hehehe he used it once in his email for us and it has become one of my favorites since then ^^

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      • Oooh, I’m sorry. I didn’t think about that. I thought it broadcasted nation-wide. In my country it’s around 10 stations broadcast nation-wide. And only very few cable TVs. 🙂
        That running smiley looks like someone farting that run away from his friends with laugh 😀

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