きれいな奥多摩・Beautiful Okutama

Every time I visit places like this I think I could easily give up my consumer lifestyle and hole up in a warm house in the mountains reading books, growing vegetables, and contemplating the beauty of nature. I would watch the seasons change and think about the transitory nature of life while pruning my flowers…

*O living always, always dying!
O the burials of me past and present,
O me while I stride ahead, material, visible, imperious as ever;
O me, what I was for years, now dead, (I lament not, I am content;)
O to disengage myself from those corpses of me, which I turn and
look at where I cast them,
To pass on, (O living! always living!) and leave the corpses behind.*

– Walt Whitman, O Living Always, Always Dying

hahaha ok enough sillyness (although I am a little serious!). I’m going to make an effort to travel outside of the city more often.

Anyways…!…I went to Okutama with some friends yesterday to see a lake there. It was a two hour train ride up to a more mountainous part of Tokyo, and when we arrived we had the option to take a 20 minute bus ride for 340yen or walk 3.5 hours to the lake. We decided to save money and walk, thinking it would be a scenic stroll kind of “walk,” but it ended up being a 10km hike through the mountains!! whew! It was well worth it though–すごくきれいだったから大丈夫でした。: )

奥多摩駅 Okutama Station - built in the 1940s

奥多摩駅 Okutama Station - built in the 1940s

わさび wasabi, at a roadside stand

わさび wasabi, at a roadside stand

MK and Ryoko

MK and Ryoko

one of a few tiny shrines along the way

one of a few tiny shrines along the way





8 responses to “きれいな奥多摩・Beautiful Okutama

  1. Hi Allison – very lovely shots today! I’m enjoying your blog a lot, it even influences how I see the world while walking around town back here.

    A friend of Bonnie’s at work has a brother who has lived in Tokyo for years, and she was wondering what it looked like there, so showed her your blog. Bonnie says she has taken to looking at it every day!

    Do you have any plans to see any farms? I like the architectural woodwork and proportions of some of the traditional old farm houses I’ve seen in Japanese movies and photo books.

    Love,
    Uncle Brian

  2. I’m glad you like it!! Thanks for looking at it and tell Bonnie too. It’s nice to hear from you.

    I would like to explore more areas like this, outside of the city, so if I see any farms I will be sure to take pictures!
    :)

  3. wow gorgeous photographs.

    that place must look amazing in the middle of winter when its covered in snow.

    great photo blog you have here, and of course i quite enjoy your commentary as well.

  4. I love your adventurous spirit! I think it’s so important to be a tourist as well as a student and what better way to learn the culture of a foreign country than to actually immerse yourself in it. I’m glad you are doing that….and taking the rest of us along with you.

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