We're back now from our trip to the countryside. We were in a village called Gujo-Hachiman, which is where DH and I first met years ago. It's famous for clear rivers, fishing, and rock jumping.
Afternoons were spent at the river, where soothing water sounds and glistening rocks were the best therapy for our city-weary selves.
I was amazed by the simple beauty of rocks under cold river water. I gazed at them all afternoon and the children gathered them for their little games and pretend play or just skipped rocks in the river.
We stayed in an inn where my husband did his homestay when we first lived in this village. We always stay in the same beautiful room facing the mountains.
I lugged along some of my handcrafting (of course!) and completed a few little "sarubobo" (courtesy of Mairuru
), which I've since found originate right near this village, in a city just north of here called Takayama. Such an apt coincidence.
The boys had their summer Japanese homework to do, and Mia always drags out her "work" when they are studying or drawing. It's really adorable to see 3 little heads bent down in concentration like this.
Now we are back, and getting ready for end-of-summer guests and the start of school. Hopefully that means I'll have finally have time again for a new origami or recyclable tutorial for you soon!