Essay - Travels
2002 Summer - Yakushima No.4
The third day was a cloudy. The landlady said "It's a bit sultry today. We may have a shower." Let's go hiking in Shiratani-unsui Valley today. We went to Miyanoura by car. "Wow, there are many shop" We spent only a day in Nagata in where there were no shop, I felt strangely noisy town. We drove up the mountain road to the bottom point of a hiking trail. We parked our car and changed our shoes. Ready. We paid 300 yen at the entrance and got the map. Let' go!
We followed "the primeval forest course" which required two hours and a half. Yakushima is famous for a lot of rainfall, but it is said that there was little rain this Summer. Indeed, moss dried wholly. However that may be, moss like a soft and fluffy carpet all over the forest was beautiful. The spirit of creation was wafting through the air in the forest and the great Yaku cedar dignified. A charge of photography this time was Tomi, Chie and Deco. They didn't let their fight show, but actually they were producing a lot of sparks quietly in their fight here and there.
When we walked for an hour, Tomi said "Excuse me, as I want to go to toilet, I go to Shiratani hut." and he had gone. After a short time, rain began to fall heavily and let up briefly. Although we arrived T-shaped junction for meeting, Tomi has not came yet. Peco, Chie and me went ahead and Deco waited for Tomi with getting wet in the rain. After pretty time, Deco caught up with us "I tried to go to Shiratani hut, but he wasn't" Anyway, he might go further. That's right. Tomi went on an expedition to the Mononoke forest...
reading at the seaside
Thanks to the rain, trees of green became bright just as it rained. We were really lucky. We heard deers were crying to each other somewhere, then we met Yaku deers by the trailside. Then didn't scare at all and didn't move. We all got wet to the skin and returned to the starting point about 1pm. We got into the car and hurried to the inn. We warmed in the bath with washing large quantities of clothes.
It seemed to also shower in the seaside, the road was wet. But it was completely a blue sky now. We had lunch box which we ordered the same shop as yesterday on the same balcony. Now then, take a nap. I wondered the reading was not making progress. I swam a bit in the evening, but the wave was high and it was cloudy under the water. It was really good to full swim yesterday.
The afterglow was so beautiful this evening. The sun set between the clouds, and the whole sky became scarlet every moment. "The setting sun is different from the afterglow." the landload said. He had kept on watching the setting sun in this place. The dinner was barbecue of seafoods. There were plenty of seafoods in the big plate. I wondered if I could eat up all. But there wasn't any fish or shellfish left in the plate. We had eaten seafoods for a month during three days. Maybe the fin begin to glow from my back...