here is a little bit more of the japan we saw
back in march/april this year.
above is a photo taken from a
little perch we go to every time
we are in shibuya crossing.
it is a bar/izakaya up an elevator
in a building on the northern side of the big crossing.
always quiet when it opens around 5pm.
it's great for soaking up the crowds and classic tokyo views.
i think in general for finding good tokyo hidey holes and perches:
look up, climb random stairs, ride little elevators.
you never know what you will find.
all photos by julian patterson.
one day we went for a trip into the mountains near nagano.
we didn't have a plan, as as night and the rain drew in,
we couldn't find anywhere to stay in the tiny little hamlets
we were passing through on the local train.
when we had started thinking we might have to
set up camp in a train side waiting room,
we tried knocking on a farmhouse door
to ask if they knew anywhere to stay.
they were so kind (of course!) and
directed us to the one station stop we hadn't tried,
waited with us in the cold rain until they saw us safely on the train,
called ahead to ask the inn owner to pick us up
and called the (only) restaurant owner to meet us
to have some dinner at her restaurant.
one of the very special things about japan.
the place we stayed was an ancient farmhouse villa in a beautiful
small village that these last 4 photos show.