a river's run

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)

20 件のコメント:

Jen さんのコメント...

I love all of your pictures and descriptions of water--I too am fascinated with bodies of water, and how it flows and fits into the landscape. The green of the water in your first picture is so beautiful! Everywhere you went looks filled with natural beauty and peace. The River Runs Through It reference and picture made me smile.

It sounds like a lovely holiday with your family!

cosmos さんのコメント...


Celeste さんのコメント...

Salut Haricot,
très belle promenade, en regardant ces images et en lisant vos textes, on s'y croirait.......
Bon weekend.Celeste

Rurousha さんのコメント...

Everything is so GREEN!

Those fishermen ... were they fishing for ayu? It looks like ayu fishing rods. ^^

PS: I'd rather have a swim in a cool river than a soak in a hot spring in summer!

Magia da Inês さんのコメント...


Belas fotografias!
Bom fim de semana!

sarah さんのコメント...


stardust さんのコメント...


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In My Wild Eden さんのコメント...

Beautiful! I love the first picture especially. I am glad you got to see your sons. I know the time goes too quickly.

Dave King さんのコメント...

Fab' post, mouth-watering images! Thanks for these.

haricot さんのコメント...


Thank you very much.
Your comment is always so thoughtful and makes me think againabout what I wrote...




Merci beaucoup pour ce comment. Les votres sont toujours tres gentils et couragious pour moi.

Thank you for your visit.
As for hot spring I agree with you.
It seems always okay for fans of hot spring though.


Thank you for visiting and reading my post.♫♪°♪♪

haricot さんのコメント...







Thank you for your comment.Your words remind me of your lines on your blog about your sons,,,.


Thank you so much.
Your expression is interesting!

Magia da Inês さんのコメント...


Bom fim de semana!

haricot さんのコメント...

Thank you!

chasing lightning bugs さんのコメント...

your words relax me. the telling weaves along like your vacation. i love it.
and it did look like 'a river runs through it'.

haricot さんのコメント...


Thank you very much for your kind comment like this. I'm glad to hear that the post relaxed you.

Have a nice Sunday.

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