A guest for April regular tour was a young couple from Malaysia. They were using 15 days holidays for going around Tokyo and found Mt, Takao on the top of the list for Hachioji tourism. Unfortunately it had been raining since the previous night and still raining in that morning. It was a big disappointment for me kept checking the weather forecast for a week. However the rain was getting weak gradually and almost stopped by the time I arrived at Mt, Takao. Is it a miracle? No, I knew because we had a “hare onna” (a women brings the sun wherever she goes) in our member and her power was strong enough to send away rain!
When we started to walk toward the Yakuoin Temple, the pass was getting covered with a white mist. How mysterious! It looked like proving the words “this mountain is filled with spirit”
The guest’s main plan was to see senbonzakura in Icchodaira but it was already over so we decided to go down from the top after lunch. There remained some yaezakura (double-flowered cherry tree) or sidarezakura (weeping cherry tree) on the way and they enjoyed taking photos of them.
In addition to our tour, an exciting event for us was going on. Dutch national TV asked TENGU to help make their program. One of the members of our club offered the help and we hiked together. Our hare woman was also interviewed and filmed. It seemed to be well done.
Before the tour, I had a lot of worry about weather or so on. But it turned to be a nice day thanks to the guest whose smile was impressing and my colleague. I asked the guest if they cared about rain on the special day. They said “Not so much. Because we have some rain almost every day in Malaysia” I learned I should take it easy and things go well.