My husband and I took a drive after some family events during Obon （お盆）vacation.
New year holidays, Golden week and Obon are the three long rest and relaxation in Japan.
Among them Obon has a religious meaning that people welcome returned souls and spend time together.
So, each region holds some characteristic events on it, and each family prepares to accept souls of ascendants offering food and some ornaments to Buddhist alter.
As my family is not Buddhist, we simply clean up our family grave yard and spend time with returned sons who don't live with us.
To prepare food or eat out with them are really enjoyable, but the relaxing time goes by with a lighting speed and sooner only my husband and I were left again at home.
After about three hours drive we reached Kawakami village which is actually located along the kawakami (upper river) of Yoshino river.
The glide is calm and almost no ripple on the surface. By this place there are some cottages for taking hot spring with 39.5 degrees. It is natural recycle system that the used water flows in the glide.
The circumstance is savage that makes me realise that I'm in a village. Retaining walls along the road are covered with moss or some sort of fern.
We had a rest in a cottage and took hot spring. My husband really likes it, while I'm reluctant to take it in summer, but the lunch we had in the cottage was good enough.
On a wall of the cottage I found a painting that depicts how the used hot water pouring into the glide.
On our way to go back I could see various feature of the river as we went along it by car ; some part of the current is shallow and rapid and the river has many curves.
Before I read such phrase that the variety of the feature of a river makes it enrich, and the invisible destination because of the curves is quite tasteful, something like this. River's run has been sometimes described as a metaphor of man's span of life from ancient times.
After more than two hours drive the water flow is slow and deep, and we can see the mountains far away.
At the place where the river is shallower and there is sand riverbed, some families are enjoying bathing river water. I remember the summer we went to riverside for a barbecue when my sons were kids.
And, I saw a couple of people who was fishing. They looked skillful for handling their fishing rods.
Is it an elderly version of "A River runs through It"?
The sun rays have declined. It is already before dusk.
their lower bodies being submerged,
are pulling the lines
which often fade away
in the back light (haricot)