from the platform at Nagoya Station
*Dear my clients: No, I'm not still in Asia :)
Here are some more pictures from my month in Japan last March/April.
After recovering from bronchitis (and Shinjuku - many thanks to Yuka) the next day my family and I were off from Nagoya to the old town of Gero, far into the rural countryside.
The train trip itself was magical, let alone the destination (and onsen - Sweet Jesus, the onsen) and it was a bonding experience that took my in-laws from being "in-laws" to real family. I'm so grateful for that :)
We left Nagoya JR Station in the morning, but not before grabbing some amazing food at the Takashimaya 1st Level Food Court. (デパート地下）
I hate using the term "food court" to describe depatochika because it implies a level of American Mall-fast-food-frozen-blech-chainness, ...
when in fact all the food there is highly gourmet, full of culinary delicacies, and incredibly delectable...
and oh my god the samples!!
- soft bone
- and I'm pretty sure pancreas
haha... it was all good!
Wound up with this Unagi rice (unagi is eel, which is a specialty of Nagoya)
My family must think I'm crazy for photographing a graveyard
(which is intensely bad luck to the Japanese -
a ghost will go into your camera and follow you home!!)
.... oh my goodness, NOW I understand Fatal Frame!
Passed the most beautiful little towns, which gradually got smaller and smaller, until all the farmland turned into mountains and cliffs by the river...
and finally we arrived in Gero!
Gero Onsen is a little town far into rural Hida, in the Northern section of Gifu Prefecture (飛騨市、岐阜県)
Here is a great English website for more info...
sweet potato crackers
Featuring "Saru Bobo" Hida's official mascot
More on the onsen next time! :)