Weekend in Okutama (奥多摩)

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to go to a church retreat in Okutama (奥多摩), which (unbelievably) is still part of Tokyo. The retreat center is called Okutama Bible Chalet, and has rooms for groups to come and stay. It felt a little like summer camp, but in the spring :)

This post is off-season, as I went to Okutama in March, but I think it’s important, as we begin to welcome the holidays, to reflect back on the year and all that’s happened.

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Yamanashi Sunflowers!

Obon-yasumi has begun, and for our first day off, my friends and I went on a day trip to Yamanashi Prefecture in the blazing heat for some sunflower-gazing.

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Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park in Nagano

I recently went to Nagano for the first time with my friends from California, and the first stop on our list was the Snow Monkey Park in Nagano. There’s a natural hot spring (onsen) there, and the monkeys like to go in there and hang out. It was pretty warm out, so there weren’t that many monkeys (only one) taking a bath while we were there, but it was still a lovely trip.

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