Sorry ! I haven’t written a newsletter for a while (Newsletter #16)

Hi Everyone,

Sorry I haven’t written a letter for a while.

Now it is the autumn and I say it may be one of the best seasons in Japan. ( summer in Japan is too HOT). Especially the mountains are beautiful with autumn leaves.

I grew up in Hiroshima and the red leaves were all over. We even had monkeys ( Japan monkey – Nihon zaru ) . Yes, we have wild monkeys in Japan! I was helping my grandmother’s vegetable farm when I was about 7 years old, and one monkey came to the farm, I was hoping to be a friend, we were staring at each for five minutes, but he or she just ran away. I remember the scene so vividly) . Cold day in the autumn.

Now I live in Tokyo, and I need to take a train or car to see red leaves. This time, I went to Hakone. Hakone has many mountains and you can see Mt. Fuji if the weather is good. And onsen (hot Spring )!

Onsen is good for body and skin, and many Japanese love onsens traditionally. I am not a big onsen fan, but when I take it , I feel good) .This time, a room had an onsen bath as well, so I took a big bath at night and took a small one when I woke up. (Please see the pictures)

Hakone is also close to a town where Ieyasu Tokugawa, Samurai Shogun was raised. I want to write a little bit of Japanese history next time.

Thank you for reading again, and I will write tomorrow !

Toshiya

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