What you see here is a peaceful scene of a baby macaque (Japan’s native monkey species) clinging desperately to its mother’s back. What you don’t see are the hundreds of other monkeys descending from what I refer to as “Monkey-poo Hills”, as they do every winter, to frolic in the hot springs (onsen). This was taken in Nagano in February.
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The good news: The sakura cherry blossoms are finally in bloom in my prefecture.
The bad news: They will all be dead in a week. I’m taking advantage of the moment.
This photo is from a romantic weekend trip to Kyoto I took back in November. Then again, it’s not hard to feel the romance in this city. I could wander the streets alone and probably fall even more in love with myself than I already am.
After exploring a very famous temple in the main area, we took a 40-min subway to a different district, Arashiyama, which is famous for it rivers, bamboo groves, temples, but most importantly, its monkeys. Because when you have monkeys, nothing else in life matters. This picture was taken while searching for what I now call “Monkey Mountain”.
I like when nature and the sky especially remind me of “Mary Poppins”. If you don’t know what I mean, go watch the opening credits again.
And if you haven’t seen “Mary Poppins”, shame on you.
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