Immediately when I got back to Japan I helped with a Ladies Retreat from our church. It was at a monastery which was barren and cold. Kind of like you'd expect, I guess. There wasn't much warm water either. I was in charge of the crafts. I know that's a shocker. We made journals because the theme was about The Great Love Story. They were able to use them for the remainder of the retreat.
Back to the hike. There were eleven of us. We drove an hour and a half to Tsumago and hiked down to Magome. It didn't feel like down to me for the majority of the hike.
On my way home from the park I caught this Quince with the Sakura in the background.
My neighbor, Meryl, was all dressed up for the tea ceremony, but her little boy was on a different time schedule.
I'll leave you with this. A serene little spot on my walk home the other day.