Mutsumi and I didn't have much time to ourselves in the US. And that was fine. We enjoyed being with our families.
But as my time here is running short, we wanted to get away, if only for a day or two. So we went back to our favorite town on this side of Japan, Tsuwano, a lovely little place nestled in the mountains of Shimane. This time we took the SL, the steam locomotive, that still runs on the line linking this valley area with the larger city on the sea coast.
We rented bikes and rode up and down the valley, as well as hiking up to the ruins of the castle, from where I took these photos.
In the evening we attended a special Kagura performance, a promotion by the local innkeepers for their guests. Neither of us were expecting much, but most of the dancers were young and their performances quite energetic.
This was our third visit to Tsuwano. We're looking forward to visiting again next year. Maybe you can join us.