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Winter walk 2

So, I took the early train up to my semi-regular gig in Tohoku; one, to see some snow and two to climb a mountain and look at the ocean.

I accomplished all of these but, before I get to that, I have to say something about this train. It's fast, I mean really fast... Tokyo to Morioka in two hours... speeds of up to 320km/h. Just great. The thing that makes me laugh is that it takes longer to then get to my final destination on the coast... Mind you I wouldn't want to go too fast on that leg of the journey. The Kamaishi Line wends through some outstandingly beautiful countryside, it would be a shame to trap along and miss it all... especially when it's blanketed in snow.

It did look beautiful all dressed up in its winter garb, and it was definitely much easier to spot all the deer that live there in the woody highlands between Hanamaki and the sea.

Of course, there was much less snow when I got to the coast, but there was enough to make for a pretty walk. And enough also to enh…

Winter walk

A few days after the first snow of the winter I headed up to my local mountain, just by way of a freshener. The snow and ice on the ground added to the fun and made me glad I'd packed the spikes on the off chance. I've been up here early before.

The views were good, but the haze prevented me from being able to see Fuji-san or a Tokyo Bay with much clarity. Really nice walk though, and virtually alone, apart from the odd over-equipped 'yama-jiji' (love those guys with their snow shoes and Himalayan trekking packs) and a runner at the top with running shorts on (freak!).

Balcony - 4 views

And in the space of 12 hours...

Sea, saw, scene

Spending a day walking in my favourite area, means I get to spend a day photographing my favourite things. The ocean is one - chiefly because of the colour and the light, but also because of the power and the mood - the mountain is another.

In Kanaya the two are close together, meshed even - the one rising from the other - and both have their bonuses; the ocean faces west, meaning that a glorious sunset is never far away, the mountain (Saw Mountain) has a beautiful temple nestled on its southern side, which is both a trap for the sun and for my inner spirituality.

I love this walk... really love it. And will do it again, and again, and again...