Hananuki Valley in Northern Ibaraki

Looking for the fresh green leaves in forests in the mountains, I have driven to Northern Ibaraki yesterday. I went through the mountainous villages north east of here. Winding and hilly roads. Opening the window of the driving seat, I have had comfortable wind in. In spite of the vacation season, there were only few cars on the way.

On the way, deep in countryside in the mountains, I have found "carp streamer", so called Koinobori in Japanese. From explanation of Koinobori in Wikipedia, it is carp shaped wind socks traditionally flown in Japan to celebrate Tango no sekku, that is, Children's day at present. You may know how parents are thinking of their children with this kind of flags. They want their children to grow like these vivid carps flowing in the sky. It is becoming less popular tradition in this countryside. Maybe, due partly to less number of children.

Hananuki Valley. Softly green leaves were covering the mountains. Peaceful spring time.

I have taken late lunch at a casual restaurant managed by the local facility. Pretty good Soba. 

I have been to this area several times with family when the children were small. It was, however, the 1st visit for me to this valley. Some 10 miles east of here, there is the Pacific Ocean. They say it is pretty mild throughout a year there. I have been dreaming of moving to this area. I wonder if it is possible or not. 



  1. Sorry Shin, I am sure most readers would find it hard to believe you would leave the beautiful house you have lived in all your life.


    1. Hmmm, who knows? Anyone has an idea to reset his/her life at a different place?

      It is still a reality that we got a bit too old to realize such a dream.

      How about your plan to have a home in your homeland? See you soon.

  2. Shin, Thank You for the posting and thinking of the good old days when you were there with your children!

    1. Hi Bob,

      Thanks for the kind comment. Sure miss those good old days. I hope everything is fine with you, Mariko and dogs. Any news from Takie? take care.