April 19-20,2007: A friend from Germany
|April 18: We had an unexpected snowfall in Aso and Kuju area of Kyushu island.
Today, we headed to Kumamoto city. First, we planned to drive through a hill side course, but as there was the possibility of frozen road, we changed the route #57. A new highway "Trans central Kyushu" is under construction above near Taketa city.
|We took a short break at Taketa drive-in. I played with snow debris on the parking lot. It was so chill and the temperature started to drop down.|
|Blue clear sky and pink double cherry blossoms made an unusual scene.|
|Kuju mountain range was very beautiful in the distance. There had been almost no snow on the mountain due to warm winter.|
|We entered Kumamoto prefecture. The back is Five peaks of Aso mountain with snow caps.|
The outer rim of Aso cardera was dotted with snow fringe. It was shining in the morning sun beautifully.
|We took lunch at a Japanese restaurant. A kerosene stove was glowering.|
|We ordered famous Aso Takana dish set including Dango soup which warmed me.|
|The restaurant's name was Sakamoto.|
|We arrived at Kumamoto railroad station after all. We welcomed two guests from Germany.|
|We met Mr. P.Klaus and Mrs. Kaeko after a year. They looked like in very good condition.|
|We stayed at Seifuso inn at Jigoku spa of southern valley Aso. We enjoyed a short walk around the inn before the dinner and enjoyed an outdoor hot spring.|
|The dinner was very good. Today's menu was Kushiyaki, or spit-roasting. The food tray was flowed down on the stream.|
|We roasted the materials by the fireside.|
|Prosit! Last time, we met in Tatsuno, didn't we?|
|We enjoyed pleasant chatting and waited for the roasted food. The food was Yamame trout, wild bore meat, duck,sparrow,quail,Tofu,taro,and leek. I felt a little bit sympathy to some materials.|
|Beautiful sunset through the window. I hope tomorrow will be fine as well.|
The day broke in cold. We took a short walk around the inn. This was the spa source.
|The breakfast was of Japanese buffet style. There were so many good foods.|
|We picked up favorite food.|
|The food on the box.|
|Eggs fried sunny-side up and Miso soup were very good.|
|On a clear ray, we drove up to the top of Mt. Aso.|
|We took a rope way up to the crater. It was just like European Alps, Mr. Klaus said.|
|The crater lake and smoke.|
|Playing with snow.|
|Mrs. Kaeko took my picture in fun.|
|It was very cold here.|
|We then headed to Kusa-Senri meadow.|
|It was very pleasant to chat all through the way back to Kumamoto station. Good friends, see you again. "Aufwiedersehen!"|
|We drove back to Oita through Milk road.|
|A view point on the outer rim of Aso valley.|
|Mt Kuju had no snow already.|
|A cow monument.|
|It took about three hours from Kumamoto to Oita (120Km.)
Mr. Klaus kindly offered to visit Norway to see the aurora borealis. Yes, I strongly hope to do so.