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posted: October 31st, 2011

This - the only page this month - begins and ends with October 28th - a trip out to Mt. Takao and climb of that mountain and also a climb of Mt. Kobotoke-Shiro. Kazuya had to work so I went on this adventure alone. Click on any thumbnail to begin.

Begin October 28th
  By October 28th we had not yet taken a single photo this month. Kazuya had to work several weekend days and on the days which he did not have to work it was often raining, so we just did not get out on any adventures. Friday, the 28th was a beautiful sunny day, cold and clear. Kazuya had to work but I did not, so I went out to Mt. Takao (599 m = 1,965 ft) and hiked up to the top of it, then I walked across to I-Ccho-Daira (I-Ccho Plateau) and continued on to Mt. Kobotoke-Shiro (670 m = 2,199 ft). The first photo in this row shows the starting point for hiking up Mt. Takao - at least from this side of the mountain. The 2nd photo shows a zoomed in portion of the 3rd photo - a little place where there are several small stone gods. Don't ask me any questions about them because I don't have any answers.
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  This next photo was taken on the back-side of the Mt. Takao Summit - on weekdays one can often find a bunch of kindergarten toddlers up here and sometimes elementary and junior high school classes. This photo shows a huge kindergarten class. I also ran into a junior high school crowd today. The shocking thing is that this is considered a school day for them. The 2nd photo shows a very bright red thistle bud and the 3rd photo shows a thistle flower on the same plant (you can also see that bud in this photo).
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  Now I am hiking from Mt. Takao towards I-Ccho-Daira. Here is a tiny bit of early fall color. The 2nd shot shows a mountain cherry tree with some autumn color and also shows the microwave towers on Mt. Kobotoke-Shiro - do you recall that is my destination? The 3rd shot shows the same area as the 2nd shot, but it is zoomed out so that you get more of an overview.
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  I passed this nice looking patch of Miscanthus sinensis or Susuki Grass. The 3rd shot shows a Wild Yellow Chrysanthemum (Youngia denticulata).
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  Here are 2 shots of an unknown seedhead. In the 2nd shot you can see more of them in the background. The 3rd shot shows the seedhead of an unknown grass species.
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  Here is a Wild White Chrysanthemum and that is followed by 2 shots of a very interesting plant. This is the fruit of Adenocaulon himalaicum. Is it an insectivorous plant - each of those little tentacles is tipped with a sticky drop of something? Why would the seedpods be insectivorous? Google search was able to provide me with VERY LIMITED information on this species.
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  That Adenocaulon himalaicum shown just above also came in a black version - there were several of them, both the green and also the black version. According to some websites I found, it's the same genus and species but the black one is at a more mature stage than the green one. Really? I don't know - as I said just above, I was able to find VERY LIMITED information on this species. In the 2nd photo I am now at the summit of Mt. Kobotoke-Shiro (670 m = 2,199 ft). One maple tree there was red already. I ate a bowl of slippery mushroom soup - it's called Nameko Mushroom Soup and it's very delicious here. The 3rd shot shows the food stand. They don't offer a lot - cup ramen, beer, saké, some soft drinks, some fruits, the Nameko Soup and so on.
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  The first shot in this row is zoomed in to the food stand. You can see the drinks selection and part of the menu/price list. From left to right - Cup Ramen is ¥300, Oden is ¥500, juice and hot coffee are both ¥200 and beer is ¥400. The 2nd shot shows a small Persimmon (Diospyros sp.) tree and fruits. The 3rd shot is an unknown bush filled with bright red berries.
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  Now I am hiking down the Hikage Creek Trail (it's actually a logging road). I found 3 patches of Swertia japonica up near the top of the trail - we had never found this species here before this! This is called Senburi in Japanese.
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  Here is a final shot of Swertia japonica. It is followed by 2 shots of blown down trees along the logging road. This is what happened during Typhoon Roke on September 21st, 2011! The typhoon winds generated by Roke were much stronger than a normal typhoon and there was a lot of destruction.
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  Here is a final shot of Typhoon Roke damage. The 2nd and 3rd photos are what we refer to as "The Bottle Brush Flower" - looks like a Bottle Brush, doesn't it! It is Cimicifuga simplex.
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End October 28th, End Page 1, End October 2011's Photos
  Here are links to separate web pages - all of them will open in a new window (or new tab). The first link shows some photos of our DVD Collection, an AVI Movie of our Home Theater System and 9 photos of our Sharp Aquos TV. The 2nd link shows our entire DVD collection in DVD Profiler (if you're asking yourself what might be good to rent for the weekend). The DVD's will be sorted by date purchased. You can click on the "Title" Column to sort that way if you desire. The 3rd link shows our entire DVD collection in php DVD Profiler, which is much more sophisticated than the plain vanilla DVD Profiler just above it. The 4th link takes you to a set of pages which show you the FRONT cover-art of our entire DVD collection.

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Here is the front and rear cover of Daniel & Kazuya's Some Violets of Eastern Japan - 2nd Edition.
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