Unknown Pleasures

A hearty hello to all of our readers near and far!

This week has seen the return of heavy rains to the area with Nagano City being nearly deluged by storms a couple of days ago. The wet weather has also had the effect of cooling the air considerably, with the heatwave conditions of last week giving way to more temperate ones.

This week, we are once again picking up on a topic featured in a recent Five Sense blog: sights which can only be enjoyed by visitors who stay overnight in Kamikochi.

Check out some of these sights, which you’ll only see in the early morning:

As seen in these photos, early morning strolls following rainy weather will take you through magical, mist-shrouded landscapes. The sights can sometimes resemble scenes out of fantasy epics. And while you won’t meet any elves or gnomes here, you may well catch a glimpse of the odd monkey. (They’re all a bit odd, to be fair.)

Early morning is also prime time for bird watching. While all those early birds are busy catching worms and whatnot, you can spot them loitering on the lower branches of trees. So when you hear a birdsong nearby. Scan the area at about eye level and you might be rewarded with the sight of a Japanese bush warbler:

Or perhaps a Narcissus flycatcher:

Or maybe even a willow tit:

These are just a few of the sights and sounds you can enjoy during a brisk stroll around the park just after sunrise.

And with that, we conclude this week’s blog. Thanks as always to the folks at Five Sense for posting the images used in today’s feature!

Till next time, be well and stay safe!

Sources of Information:

Nature Guide Five Sense, Kamikochi blog: https://fivesense.guide/blog/today/95203/