We were supposed to meet our guests at 9:30 as usual, and today’s guides (Nabe, Comson, Ryo) greeted each other at about 9:10. The minute Ryo put up the TENGU sign, Australian travelers (Mari-Louise and Bruce)appeared in front of us as if by a magic. Wow! Excellent efficiency like our Bullet train. At 9:15
we started climbing. A beautiful autumn morning with pleasant temperature, too. They are here to see The Rugby World Cup 2019 Tokyo, and are, naturally, the fans of Australian Wallabies and New Zealand All Blacks.
All the way to the end we were lucky.
We witnessed the priest processions of the 10:30 service. We had a poster like stunning view of Mt. Fuji at the summit. We also saw a Mamushi (poisonous snake) on the way.
Our guests were eager learners, were curious about all the stories and the histories we told. Nabe and Comson must have enjoyed having wonderful listeners. Enclosed please find some pictures of guiding spots. Sweeper boy, Flying squirrel, and so on and so on.
Hey! M&L we only left footsteps, didn’t we? ( Sweeper boy) Let me remind you that Bruce even picked up some trash. Also, when an elderly man fell on the trail, he was quick to help him stand up.
We saw an Asagimadara (Chestnut Butterfly) along the way, also came across our future generations, nursery kids, grammar school pupils and high school students. We could have lunch, surrounded by the 9 years old school children full of energy . Another treat to our appetite.
After hearing about 108 delusions and the significance of 108 stone steps at Otokozaka, M&L went quickly up to the top and posed Banzai -a titanic like posture with both hands up.
On our way down on the Ride Trail, they had an international phone call, and had a serious conversation. It was from their credit card company, concerning about a certain purchase. It turned out to be a fraud.
In the middle of the quiet, peaceful mountain , an international call about a card fraud. A detective novel! We sure live in a modern world.
Congratulations on NEW ZELAND’s Bronze victory over Whales!