Mountain Play with Monet and Friends
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Tepee Maintenance -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 @ 50 mm — 1/400 sec, f/14, ISO 4000 — map & image datanearby photos
Tepee Maintenance

Anthony started third grade this morning, which means that we had one free day yesterday after our recent short trip to Imabari, so we paid a visit to his kindergarten friend, Monet, who also starts third grade, but at a different school. Monet's sister, May, starts first grade tomorrow.

We all then took a walk through the woods to the next village down the mountain, to visit one of Monet's current school friends.

The first stop along the way was a check to see whether a tepee that Arthur had started to make with Monet and May last fall had survived the winter. It had.

Then we passed through a small park filled with cherry trees, but no blossoms yet in the cooler altitudes of the mountain...

Unbloomed -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/1000 sec, f/2.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Unbloomed
Trail Through the Woods -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/800 sec, f/2.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Trail Through the Woods

We were all here two years ago for a fun walk and kid play, but I seem to have not posted about it except tangentially in Fir Cones (Whatever Those Are)”.

The trail is sometimes a bit exciting...

Ridge Walk -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 @ 24 mm — 1/400 sec, f/14, ISO 2200 — map & image datanearby photos
Ridge Walk
Trail Cut Into the Slope -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 @ 24 mm — 1/400 sec, f/14, ISO 1100 — map & image datanearby photos
Trail Cut Into the Slope
Kid Play all must stop while decaying log gets poked -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/400 sec, f/2.5, ISO 360 — map & image datanearby photos
Kid Play
all must stop while decaying log gets poked
Final Descent one takes the last part of the trail by the seat of the pants -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 @ 24 mm — 1/400 sec, f/14, ISO 6400 — map & image datanearby photos
Final Descent
one takes the last part of the trail by the seat of the pants
Here We Go -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 @ 24 mm — 1/500 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Here We Go

We were now in the small village of Yamanakacho (lit “Village in the Mountains”), part of Otsu City on the very edge of Shiga prefecture. We met Monet's classmate Amber and her older sister, Hana. Anthony was a bit shy with all the girls at first, but soon everyone was playing nicely together.

We made a visit to an old shrine in the village, the Juge Shrine (樹下神社)...

Entering the Shrine under a budding cherry tree -- Juge Shrine (樹下神社) -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/2500 sec, f/2.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Entering the Shrine
under a budding cherry tree
No Blossoms Yet in the cool mountains -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/2500 sec, f/2.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
No Blossoms Yet
in the cool mountains
Starting a Rock-Paper-Scissors Game -- Juge Shrine (樹下神社) -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/500 sec, f/2.5, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Starting a Rock-Paper-Scissors Game

The kids played some game that involved rounds of rock paper scissors (performed at high speed, as described in My Visit to a Japanese High School”) with participants advancing or retreating some variable number of steps based upon the results in ways I couldn't discern...

Anthony and May Seem to be Falling Behind -- Juge Shrine (樹下神社) -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 @ 24 mm — 1/800 sec, f/1.4, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Anthony and May Seem to be Falling Behind
Juge Shrine (樹下神社) -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 @ 24 mm — 1/500 sec, f/1.4, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos

The long set of steps makes a 90° elbow turn, and at one point kids on the lower section couldn't see kids on the upper section, so at each round they were yelling out who had what (rock, paper, or scissors) so they could determine the winner of each round. It was very fast, and funny/interesting to experience.

Reaching the Top -- Juge Shrine (樹下神社) -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/500 sec, f/2.5, ISO 560 — map & image datanearby photos
Reaching the Top

Eventually they decided that the top of the one flight of steps was not the end of the game, so they moved to a higher flight to start over...

Starting Again Hana, May, Amber, Monet, Anthony -- Juge Shrine (樹下神社) -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 @ 24 mm — 1/640 sec, f/1.4, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Starting Again
Hana, May, Amber, Monet, Anthony
Juge Shrine (樹下神社) -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/500 sec, f/2.5, ISO 280 — map & image datanearby photos
Final Round -- Juge Shrine (樹下神社) -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/500 sec, f/2.5, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Final Round
Fast Break starting a game of tag -- Juge Shrine (樹下神社) -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/500 sec, f/2.5, ISO 400 — map & image datanearby photos
Fast Break
starting a game of tag
Anthony Escapes from Amber -- Juge Shrine (樹下神社) -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/500 sec, f/2.5, ISO 320 — map & image datanearby photos
Anthony Escapes from Amber
Hiding ( sort of ) -- Juge Shrine (樹下神社) -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/500 sec, f/2.5, ISO 640 — map & image datanearby photos
Hiding
( sort of )
Juge Shrine (樹下神社) -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 @ 50 mm — 1/640 sec, f/1.4, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Group Discussion they discussed some kind of safe-area rule for the longest time -- Juge Shrine (樹下神社) -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/500 sec, f/2.5, ISO 1000 — map & image datanearby photos
Group Discussion
they discussed some kind of safe-area rule for the longest time

The kids spent so much time playing that we ran out of time to walk back, so Arthur's wife came to pick us all up in the car. The kids were bummed when she arrived, but scattered in glee upon granting of “five more minutes”...

Final Round of Tag -- Otsu, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2011 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Voigtländer 125mm f/2.5 — 1/1600 sec, f/2.5, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Final Round of Tag

Great fun.

So that was yesterday and this morning Anthony is at school finding out what class he's in and such, but tomorrow is the weekend and more cherry blossoms, so I don't think I'll make much progress on looking at my photos from the recent trip, or making a dent in the pile of email accumulated during the last week, or get my US taxes done. I need more hours in the day....


All 3 comments so far, oldest first...

This was a really nice entry. What is it about children at play that makes us so happy?

— comment by David K on April 8th, 2011 at 10:27am JST (6 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Dear Jeffrey – I have smiled my way through looking at this lot! Great fun indeed – thank you very much for reminding us of the intricate way kids play… 🙂
Annie
PS and good luck with the US taxes. Do you have to file a Japanese return as well?

Yes, unfortunately, I have to file both. —Jeffrey

— comment by Annie Robinson, GB on April 8th, 2011 at 10:06pm JST (6 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

I am very impressed with the photos!!!!
you havesome real talent
Chris

— comment by Chris on April 11th, 2011 at 7:15pm JST (6 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink
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