The tallest gaijin couple in Japan (that we know of...we haven't looked very hard) blogs about eating, working and playing. Our combined height is 12 foot 3, we hail from middle America and our new host town's claim to fame is a festival featuring men riding huge logs down a mountain. Oh yeah, takai means tall in Japanese (among other things). It's what we wish they would call us. What they actually call us is ookii (big).
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Did we mention that we're running a 1/2 marathon next Sunday? We signed up last Spring but at first it seemed very far off and pretty unobtainable. Neither of us has ever run a race before. Alas, we started running, little by little increasing frequency and distance. Now I'd go so far as to say we've been "training".
The race goes around Lake Suwa - the lake our town sits on. It's been nice to train around because it has kilometer markers. Last weekend we ran all the way around it - 10 miles. Ouch.
Probably the most annoying thing about running our first race in Japan is the plethora of lithe 50+ Japanese folks practically sprinting around the lake in their top of the line running gear. Really makes you feel like a schmuck to get passed up by a 60 year old in perfect shape.
Here is a list of some of the things we've seen regularly while training around Shimosuwa:
1) Animals - egrets, herons, fish jumping in the lake, hawks and shiba inus galore!
2) Fuji-san - across the lake, on very clear days, Mt. Fuji is visible in the distance. It't not that frequent of an occurrence but it's magical when it happens.
3) Plants - wildflowers, bonsai trees in our neighbor's backyards, peach and apple trees, the rice harvest and now, leaves changing.