We are on the bus.
Curry pan. Delicious, as advertised.
Gifu is beautiful! Reminded me of the pine forests of BC.
The restaurant with a great view and a great lunch.
Alright, everyone gather for a picture!
Where's Waldo? One person is closing their eyes.
The bathroom was pretty :P
Ooooooooh yes. Who knew beef grilled on a leaf could be so good...
Eat the fish, from head to tail!
Really good soba.
Digging in while our beef and tofu cooks.
BOBS: Beware Of Big Spiders
Chillin' and relaxin'
Kumo-san caught something.
A really impressive web site.
Shirakawa-go is famous for its houses with thick straw roofs.
But somehow I feel kind of like I'm in the Sound of Music.
Do, a deer, a female deer...
Climb every mountain! Forge every stream!
(My childhood is coming back to me)
Just can't get enough of these roofs. Later we find out how they're made.
Traditional Japanese vending machine.
Weird lighting effect as the sun broke through the clouds.
Making friends. いいな。。。
Again with the obscenely bright lighting, this sign looks a little photoshopped. Don't you think?
Kenzo goes adventuring.
Ahn-san observes from afar.
Kenzo's adventures lead him to a new level of enlightenment. Jesus-like powers follow.
Even enlightened ones drop things.
It was a really impressive bridge, made of slabs of thin concrete.
The twins strike again.
Plotting their next move.
I might have been SLIGHTLY in the way of these bridge-goers.
Nature. And busses.
These pieces of driftwood painted in bright colors got quite creative.
Tombo. Dragonfly. Libellule.
Almost looks like they're marching through the pond.
A close-up of the roof.
I'm not sure, but it tasted like lemonade.
Actually, I'm still not sure how they made the roofs.
This was the police office (koban) of Shirakawa-go. Notice the sirens.
Kids playing. Did you use to try and walk on lines, too?
A field of...
Red (chili?) peppers!
Rice drying upside-down.
BOBS. There was another big spider alert happening under the bridge.
Pretty. Looks like you could run your hand over it.
A close-up of the rice plants.
Water lilies! I stayed here taking pictures for a while :P
A pink one!!!!1
Again, portrait orientation!!!!
Now with a diagonal line sweeping across the photo!!!
This actually isn't a very good picture. Oh well.
I'm not sure why, but the pink of the flowers turned out unusually strong. I didn't do any post-processing, but they almost look cut out.
The carp freeway.
Right in the middle of this inlet, we saw an orange carp shoot straight out of the water, like Free Willy. Probably it saw that our cameras were put away and grabbed the opportunity -_-
Red arrow points at me.
Cool but scary carved face thing.
Just looks so peaceful...
Kenzo tries to mind-read the wooden doll. I think they made a connection.
Sorry. All the letters are actually backwards.
Do you know what this says?
Back to the bus!
A kind of orange cake. It was bitter.
I offered half to the others. They didn't believe me when I assured them it tasted great. Probably my face gave it away.
A feast for dinner!
So much food! Hinoshita-san can't believe it. (j/k) :)
I love tempura!!!!
Another dish heated over a candle. Below is tofu in their region's special miso sauce.
Full, happy, and in some cases, slightly drunk.
The next morning, we went to a nearby dam.
I'm not sure why, but I just loved this poster. I want one for my room.
We learned about the water processing cycle in a huge wooden fish-marine.