February 9, 2008

Sawai and Mitake (February 9th)

Tama river between Sawai and Mitake.

We went to Sawai today and tasted some Sake at the Ozawa brewery. Then we walked down the trail beside the Tama river to Mitake sta. On the way to Mitake we saw many birds even including Tarsiger cyanurus (Ruri Bitaki, Red-flanked bluetail)! For my camera I couldn't take nice picture of him, but my friend, Daniel took really nice one. The bird got beautiful blue feathers with yellowish orange side. We also found one flower of Viola grypoceras (Tachitsubo Sumire). It started snow around 2 pm after our lunch. We went back to Sawai sta. on foot then took the train to Mitake, and then took the Okutama holiday special train back to home.


Plum blossom in the yard of Ozawa brewery.

Salix gracilistyla (Neko yanagi)

Viola grypoceras (Tachitsubo Sumire)

It started snowing...

Tarsiger cyanurus (Ruri Bitaki, Red-flanked bluetail)...with my camera...

Tarsiger cyanurus (Ruri Bitaki, Red-flanked bluetail)...with Daniel's camera.

1 comment:

Jo said...

Hello Kazuya,

I came across your blog when researching on Mitake. What a great site you have. Your knowledge on plants, wildlife, and food is very impressive! You are obviously a man of refined taste! Keep up the good work!

(We went for walk in Mitake Valley today - it's a beautiful place. I wished we knew about the places where you had soba and drank sake.)