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平治岳ツアー

A little Pink but not Quite Yet!!

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Hey everyone, did you have a great weekend? We had a blast! This time we headed off to Mt. Heiji in the Kuju mountains to see how the Miyamakirishima are coming into bloom. The weather was great with a nice cool breeze and partly cloudy skies.

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The hike started off with a really pleasant walk through the valley forest where we gradually made our way to the forest road to a short cut up to the mountain pass leading to the top of Heiji. Along the way we picked up few people who had taken a wrong turn and thought they were heading to Heiji when they were actually heading in the opposite direction.

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We reached the Otogoshi pass where we took a short break before the final push to the top and from our vantage point we could see that we were still about a week or so early for the full bloom. There we some flowers in bloom but the majority will be just in time for our camp tour next week!!

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Once we reached the top everyone went scrambling around taking pictures while we got lunch ready, today`s menu…..Tacos!, yum, yum! This quick and easy lunch tastes great at the top of any mountain and you don`t have to eat too much to get that good, Onakaipai , feeling.

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On the way back we went through tent spotted Bogatsuru, next weeks camping spot, before stopping for a coffee break and taking time to relax and recharge next to my favorite waterfall.

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It was a really great day with great people and I can`t wait for our camp tour next week. There are only a couple of spots open so if you feel like going on a fun trip at one of the most beautiful times in Kyushu send me an email at john@amarok-outdoors.com

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See you next time…

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2010.05.31 | Comments(2) | Trackback(0) | ツアーレポート

もすぐミヤマキリシマの時期だね!

It`s Almost That Time Again!

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Hey everyone, it`s hard to believe that it`s already almost June, but you won`t hear any complaining from me as this is one of the most beautiful times in the mountains of Kyushu especially the Kuju, Aso, and Kirishima areas as the Miyamakirishima Azaleas come into bloom.

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The Miyamakirishima Azaleas can only be found in certain areas of Kyushu and when these little pink bundles of joy come into bloom the sides of whole mountains change color. Of course to go along with these delightful flowers we have lots of tours scheduled to go see them. Make sure to charge your batteries (a spare battery is recommended) and empty out your memory card as you`re goig to be taking a lots of pictures. If you wish to join any of these tours send me an email at john@amarok-outdoors.com

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I also wrote a short article about the Miyamakirishima for the June edition of the Fukuoka NOW magazine. Make sure you check it out at www.fukuoka-now.com

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See you soon!


2010.05.19 | Comments(0) | Trackback(0) | ツアー情報

合気道祥平塾演舞大会

Suganuma Sensei`s 40th Anniversary

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This year marks Aikido Shohei Juku`s Dojo-cho, Suganuma Sensei`s 40th year in Kyushu, so to celebrate a demonstration was held at the Fukuoka Sun Palace on May 2nd. To show their support to Suganuma Sensei over 1500 people assembled from all over Japan and the world to give their best demonstrations.

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International participants included members from, Holland, Norway, Israel, China, and of course Canada! It was really great to see Tama Sensei, my instructor from Canada and a number of friends, old and new! The current head of Aikido, Doshu Ueshiba Moriteru also came from Tokyo to show his support and gave us a wonderful demonstrstion.

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It was a really great day with a lot of great Aikido! 先生おめでとう!

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2010.05.11 | Comments(0) | Trackback(0) | ツアーレポート

国見岳キャンプツアー

Kunimi Camp Tour

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Did you all enjoy your Golden Week? We had a great camping trip to the inner mountains of Kumamoto prefecture. We left Fukuoka under blue skies on the morning of the 4th and arrived to the campsite just below the trailhead to Mt. Kunimi around 3 o`clock.

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Setting up the camp made us all hungry so we quickly got the BBQ up and running, AHHHHH……..BEEF!!! Yummy! With are tummy`s full we sat back in our chairs to enjoy a nice campfire and the beautiful night sky before heading off to bed, some of us later than others!

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The next morning we woke up to another beautiful day and after shoveling down some French toast and sausages we headed up the mountain. After the first steep part the trail leveled out into a gradual climb through a beautiful forest with songbirds singing and deer chirping all around us, a beautiful hike.

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The really popular part of this hike is the Rhododendron bushes that dominate the upper portions of the mountain. Although the Azaleas were blooming the “Shakunage” were not quite in bloom yet but some blossoms were doing their best to come out! Another couple weeks and this area will be beautiful!

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We reached the mountain top where we broke out the stove and snacks to take a little break. There`s nothing life delicious coffee and yummy sweets with a view like this! After snack time it was an easy hike back down to the logging road and back to camp to pack up and my special Miso Butter Champon before heading home.

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A really great trip! Camping is FUN!!! Our next camping trip will be to the Bogatsuru Camp area in Kuju to see the beautiful Miyamakirishima Blossoms from June 5th ~6th. Why don`t you join us?

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Until next time..



2010.05.07 | Comments(0) | Trackback(0) | ツアーレポート

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