Thursday, 29 November 2012

Fall leaves at Motsuji Temple, Iwate

A lot of my friends volunteered in Tohoku once they arrived in Japan, about a year after the earthquake. Some of them help build new sewage lines and others build cool playgrounds for the kids. I hadn't had the opportunity to go, or have anyone to go with, so I was thankful that the WhyNot! Group were organising a trip. They are this organisation run out of Kansai which aims at proving all areas of Japan are safe, and the often take bus trips to different parts of Japan. So one Friday night I headed up to Osaka to meet Brittany and find the bus. It was really nice to see her again, and my friend from Hiroshima and my Tokyo Orientation friends were there too so it was nice to see everyone. It took us 12 hours to get up there, and our first proper stop was at this temple in Iwate. The fall leaves we're unbelievable! They should have all been gone, but they were so pretty! There was a big lake, and all around you could see the lovely reds and oranges of the leaves!
It was pretty cold, so we walked quickly through the area, made a quick jaunt around the lake taking photos. I think they turned out really well, and they look very autumnal considering it was last November! This was just one of many of the little stops we made along the way of our super long bus adventure( which seemed never ending!)

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