I awoke this morning at on top of a 432 metre peak in the Kitayama range north of Izumo. As the first rays of the sun hit the land began to steam. Here in Izumo this month is known as Kamiarizuki, The Month With The Gods. In the rest of Japan it is The Month Without The Gods as they are all here in Izumo for their annual meeting. Many are gathered down below in Hirata as they are said to particularly enjoy the sake of this town. It is, after all, a Japanese business meeting.
Tuesday, November 22, 2005