We arrived at Kii-Tanabe station. First, we took pictures in front of Benkei’s statue. Then, we went to see a sea. Some students trained there. I thought they were member of Judo club or something. Next, we went to the history museum of Kii-Tanabe. We didn’t know where the museum was and we only had a poor map. But Ito was a good reader of map. She took us to the museum. The museum was closed. We only saw surface of the museum. We went to the Minamikata Kumagusu's museum who was a natural historian museum. It was closed, too. We were unlucky. We visited some small site seeing spots and went back to the station. We bought some Omiyage for our friends and got on the train.
On the train, I was tired ,so I was sleeping
We had cakes at Kyobashi Station and went back to the home. The end of the trips is always a little sad.
I ordered a new printer. I wanted to buy it for a while. My printer has already been broken but it still works. I considered if I bought or not but I decided to buy. As you know, ink is very expensive and ink that I use now has almost run out. My printer can print A3. My new printer can also print A3. Recently, I don’t print A3 size for myself but I have to print a poster for my friend’s shop, so I chose the A3 printer. And the new one can print on the surface of CD/DVD. I want to use that function but I know that I am very lazy, so I won’t use it a lot. Anyway, I will receive it soon. I want to use it after the old one’s ink runs out.
Today’s Maji-Ranger was a love story. Urara who is a member of Maji-Ranger and her master fall in love. The story was cheesy but heartwarming. Hongou Takeshi who is the first Masked Rider’s hero said when he was a hero, the hero had never fallen in love. The hero was very serious and falling in love was rude. Recently, Japanese heroes have changed a lot. The heroes used to be manlike but now they are cute and handsome. They catch not only kids’ but also their mothers’ hearts.
Aibo’s production finishes. Aibo is a robot dog. The first Aibo appeared in1999. That time, we couldn’t buy Aibo because it was a limited production. Of course, I couldn’t buy it even if it wasn’t a limited production because it was very expensive. Since then, Sony produced many kinds of Aibo. The biggest sell Aibo is a lion type. The Lion type has variety colors. They sold a reasonable price’s Aibo. It didn’t seem a dog. It seemed a bear. The latest Aibo is very clever. It can recognize its owners face. Sony couldn’t make a profit. But at the Sony shop, many people play with Aibo and they look really happy. Losing Aibo is also losing Sony’s customers.
I ordered Mochi-Hada’s supporter. Mochi-Hada is a trade name of underwear. It is very thick but very warm. I have Mochi-Hada supporter and knee-high socks.
I have a bad knee. Since I sprained my right knee at skiing, it has hurt. If I keep warm my knee, it doesn’t hurt, so I always wear a supporter. My both knees fester. I don’t know why. I always rub an ointment but it won’t be better.
About one year ago, I bought Mochi-Hada’s supporter. It is very warm and I wear it on my right knee everyday. One day, I realized that my right knee hadn’t festered. I thought Mochi-Hada treated my right knee. My left knee still fester, so I wanted to buy Mochi-Hada again, but I didn’t know how to get it. The shop that I bought it last time doesn’t sell Mochi-Hada anymore.
Last night, I found Mochi-Hada at Yahoo Shopping. I ordered it suddenly. In addition to, I also ordered a wide stomach band.
On the 28th. We woke up early. Ito and I went to the bath. The hotel has good Roten-buro along a river. Many Japanese Ryokans have Rotenburo but most of them don’t seem Rotenburo. There are them outside a Ryokan. But that Rotenburo was a real Rotenburo. We wore Yukata again and took a bath. It was a really good weather. It was very liberating. We could see the river and mountain. Mike called us and took our picture from our room. Our room was above the Rotenbuo. When we went back to our room, Mike wasn’t there. Mike came back afterwards. He had been to the bath.
We ate good breakfast and went to Kii-Tanabe. We had to get on the bus for two hours and the road was a winding road. I was the verge of feeling sick.
I went to Keihan Department store to eat ten-don on the flier. (Please look at the 19th topic.) I wanted to eat ten-don but I couldn't. The restaurant was like open cafe, so everybody can see the inside. I hesitated to go there because nobody was there and if I ate there, if everybody would look at me.
Then, I decided to eat ramen. A soup of ramen was black but it was good. When I left there, a rat was running in the restaurant. It was a greasy spoon. But I think I still go to Keihan department store. Keihan Department store is my own dining room.
After that, we went to Sennin-buro, again. It was dark and cold. Mike also went to together. I brought a flashlight and it was very useful. The temperature of the water wasn’t too hot as we had been there that afternoon. I couldn’t see enough because of darkness. My sister slipped there. It was a little dangerous. Mike seemed comfortable. I felt happy because we don’t always take a bath together. But he didn’t come close to me. He was really shy. I wanted to stay longer but I had to go back to the hotel. Mike and I bought ice cream. Both we really like ice cream. Ito bought Chu-High as usual. That was the last night of our trip.
Recently, I receive business e-mails from foreign countries. They don’t send me directly. All of them are forwarded from my co-workers. I always don’t read them because it is hard to read for me. I don’t want to read them but sometimes I have to read them. I understood one thing. When I can read them easily, my co-workers also can. And when I can’t read them, my co-workers can’t. My co-workers need my help and I need my sister’s help. The letters sent from people whose native language is English are really hard to understand. They write in a very long sentence. But the letters from the other countries are easy to understand. I think writing in English is really hard for them like my blog. A few days ago, I received an e-mail from France. His letter was really kind and close. Anyway, I don’t want to read English letters anymore.
Did you see Keihan Departement Store’s flier? It was great. They have been holding Food Fair and they invite many restaurants and sweets’ shops. All of them seem very delicious. They have ten-don, ramen, akashi-yaki, warabimochi, and many other foods. I want to try ten-don and ramen. Both of them are eaten at Keihan Department store. I want to buy an ice cream. This ice cream is that I have eaten before and was really good. I have to visit Keihan Department Store several time this week.
Sennin-buro was really good. After that, we went back to the hotel and took a bath, again. I hadn’t taken the bath the day before, so I thought I smelled too bad. The water was really good. That water is the one of the best hot springs I have ever been to. I washed my body and hair twice. I felt really good. We had dinner, afterwards. The hotel prepared a small but good dinner. And if you want to eat more, they have Viking; Viking means that they serve extra food and you can eat them as much as you want. I could eat chicken, so I was really happy. Other meals were good, too. I like that hotel dinner.
We got on a bus and went to a hotel. It was in Kawayu-Onsen. We arrived at the hotel and Ito and I went to Sennin-buro. We asked Mike if he wanted to come to but he didn’t.
Kawayu-Onsen is famous for Sennin-Buro. Sennin-Bro was made of damming up the river. You could see Sennin-buro every year on the news. Sennin-Bro was about 5 minutes from the hotel on foot. The hotel lent us Yukata for taking a bath. Ito and I wore Yukata and took a bath.
After the lunch, we visited the biggest Torii in Japan. It was next to the café. We looked around the Torii. We had nothing to do afterwards. We went up the other steps to the shrine again. Mike started to collect stamps. On the main street of Kumanoko-Dou, there are many stamps, so if you want, you can collect the stamps. The trail we walked the day before wasn’t the main road, so we couldn’t get any stamps. After that, we were looking for stamps. He could get three or four stamps around the shrine.
We went to a souvenir shop. That was the biggest shop in that trip. We could see many people there. During that trip, we couldn’t see a bunch of people. That was the only one shop we could see many people.
After that, we went toward KUMANO-HONGU. We went there by bus and we were the only passengers again. We couldn’t believe those places were the world heritage site.
KUMANO-HONGU was quiet. There weren’t many people there. We climbed some steps and visited the shrine. That shrine was smaller than I thought. And I thought there were many stalls along a road to the shrine. I pictured in my head I would buy many snacks there; Takoyaki, Karumeyaki and candies. But there were no stalls.
By the way, do you know ‘Yaya-garasu’? You could see it on the uniform of Japan soccer team. It is a craw and it has three legs. I didn’t know but it is from KUMANO. That craw is a messenger form God.
After we visited the shrine, we had lunch close to the shrine. We had no options, so we had to have lunch the only one café around the shrine. Mike ate Katsu-Don, Ito ate sandwich and I ate Yaki-soba.
In that morning, we talked to a woman who worked the hotel. I think that was her part time job. She said we were the last guests in that year.
We went to Shiki and got on a boat that was called ‘Water Jet Sen’. That was a sightseeing boat and we could see a view of gorge called Dorokyo. I really like this kind of sightseeing because I can feel I am a tourist. The water was green and clean. Please look at the picture. It is easy to explain. This is Dorokyo. It seems a typical sightseeing spot. We were the only tourists on that boat. Two guides explained about Doryokyo for three people. It seemed unprofitable business. The guide said that was a dog rock or that was a mushroom rock. And we took those rocks’ pictures. I thought I was silly, because those were named by human. The rocks don’t know anything. But I like a silly tourist.
Kin-chan was my father’s cousin. I really liked him but he passed away a few weeks ago.
Kin-chan was my father’s good friend. His age was almost same as my father’s. My father said that when they were kids, they used to play together everyday. But they hadn’t met each other as they grew up.
Several years ago, Kin-chan visited my father’s house, abruptly.
Our last name is very uncommon. I’ve never met the person who has the same name except my relatives. Kin-chan found his name on a map and he thought that house was definitely his relative. He was right because that house was my father’s house.
Since then, he often visited my father. After my mother passed away, he had come to meet my father twice a week. I think Kin-chan saved my father from his wife’s death.
We had dinner afterwards. It was like a school cafeteria. But the dinner was really good. They had a local beer, so Mike and Ito drank it. I could eat my favorite food ‘Ayu’. I could eat all of it. It was already cold but I liked it. They had three guests except us. A man and a woman, I guess they are a married couple, walked the same trail as we walked. And the other man walked the different trail. The couple would walk that trail the next day.
Our room didn’t have a bathroom, so we have to go outside of our room when we went to a toilet. Outside was really cold. Every place of that hotel was cold.
After the dinner, we had nothing to do, so we went to sleep early. All of us were really tired, so we fell asleep soon.
We arrived at ‘Waroudaishi’, finally. It was an only one sightseeing spot of that day. It is saying that gods in Kumano gather and talk there. That was a really sacred place. The last part to a hotel was short. It was only 1 kilometer. But it didn’t seem one kilometer. We couldn’t see the end of the trail.
After lunch, we had to climb really steep steps. But a break and onigiri gave us a big and special power. We could go up easily than we thought. After a steep ascent, we had to walk a long long steep descent. I don’t know how to explain about that descent. It is not too hard to go down. But that time, it was too hard. We went down and down and down and down. But we couldn’t see a goal of the trail. Going down hurt my knee and back. It was harder than I thought. Maybe you cannot understand what I mean. I’ve never thought that going down was too hard like that. The path was rough and slippy. I thought I didn’t want to walk anymore.
I found a good café. It is in Keihan City Mall at Temmabashi Station. Today Yoshiko and I went to the café. She always knows good café. The outside of the café is cheap. As you know, many Japanese restaurants show their meals made of wax and you sometimes decide which meal you will eat after you saw those wax meals. That café has the wax cakes. They didn’t seem delicious. I lost my feeling that I wanted to eat a cake. But the real cakes seemed really delicious. They had lots of selections. I felt I wanted to eat all of them. Of course, I couldn’t. So, I tried a strawberry chiffon cake. Yoshiko ordered the same one. The cake was really good. But many café serve good cakes. I want to say that that café pours really good tea. If you are a reader of my blog, you may know that I always complain that many cafes can’t pour good tea. They sometimes are too bitter or too weak. The second cup is always bitter and cold. I want to know why they can’t make good tea. But that café pours really good tea. Tea is not strong and not thin. It isn’t too hot but hot. That café has taken out tea leaves from a pot and uses a pot warmer made of quilt, so I could enjoy the second tea. Yoshiko and I want to eat other cakes, so I’m sure we will go there soon.
We went up and down again. Finally we arrived at ‘Jizou-chaya-ato’. We had lunch there. The lunch was ‘onigiri-bentou’. The hotel that we stayed the day before gave us that lunch. There was a good cottage there. I think you could stay one night if you get lost. There is a bathroom, a stove and a vending machine. You could use electricity. There was a notebook and many hikers had written their names and addressees. I also wrote. We were the second visitors in that day. Onigiri was very good. We also ate some snacks. We wanted to stay there much longer, but our schedule was a little delayed, so we started soon.
I got a wild grape juice. I work at my friend’s shop every Sunday. I haven’t gotten money and I haven’t mentioned it, but my friend worries about it. She gives me some stuff sometimes. A few weeks ago, she gave me some snacks for hiking to Wakayama. All of them were samples for our customers. I said thank you and I also said I wanted the wild grape juice. The wild grape juice is one of the strong sellers in her shop. It is very sour but it makes us refresh. And it helps lack of iron. I like it but it is very expensive. It is 1680 yen per bottle and one bottle is about 700mL. But I know her shop has a good one. It is a sample and that bottle is 1.8L. It isn’t for cell. I said I wanted that bottle. She said she would ask her boss. Yesterday I got the wild grape juice. I am really happy now.
We passed some points. We went up and down lots of steps. We had a good map. It told us our way. It said, “Next, there is a steep ascent and then steep slippy descent”. That map was always true. We had no power to look around us and just watched our steps. At Funami-chaya-ato, we took a break. We could see a nice view of Katsuura. The sky was blue and clean. The air was fresh. It was an only one good point in that day.
On the 26th, we waked up early, went to a bath again, had a breakfast and left the hotel early. That day’s schedule was really tough. We had to walk 14.5 kilometers. We walked to the station, got on the bus and arrived at the temple that we had come the day before.
We started walking around 9:30. As you know, Kimano-ko-dou was designated a world heritage site. We could see lots of advertisements of it anywhere, recently. The path was the same as the pictures I saw. It seemed old and magic aura. But I couldn’t keep those feelings all time. The hiking trail was really tough.