Gifu and Horado - Nov 2 - Nov 7

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Maki's aunt and uncle's house in Gifu
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the lovely view from the front of the house
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The next day, we went to Maki's grandparents' farm in the little village of Horado.
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the kiwi crop, across the street from the house
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more beautiful photos of the village
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Maki and her grandfather
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Maki, granddad and me with the kiwi crop in the background
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Maki's cousin, Miki, stayed with us for a few days. She brought her family's dog, Chobi.
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the monestery
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other crops in the village
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the monestery in the village
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the main road, near the house
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Along the road was a cemetary.
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the huge dinner Maki's aunt and uncle prepard for us
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Maki wearing a hat
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Chobi wearing the hat
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The next day, the kiwi harvest began. Kiwis grow on short trees. Unfortunately the branches were spread on a lattice-work that was just a few inches too short for me to stand up straight.
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Granddad harvesting kiwi
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Apparently the cicada shed their skin on the underside of the kiwi tree leaves.
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Miki and Aunt join in the fun.
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Miki takes a break to play with the neighbor's dog.
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getting intimate
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getting VERY intimate
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The night after harvesting, we went to the public bath in Horado.
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The trouble with this was since they split the baths by gender and Granddad and I were the only two men with the family, we had to bathe together. Of course, I've never been to a Japanese bath house, and Granddad didn't speak any English to explain to me what to do. It was certainly an interesting night.
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the lovely lamps hanging outside the bath house
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After the bath, Maki and I went outside to take photos.
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Maki's grandmother
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Granddad reading the paper
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Maki snuck up on Miki and Aunt to catch them asleep.
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With the harvest done, the next day, we loaded up the truck to take the kiwi to the warehouse.
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After that, I went hiking up into the woods behind the house.
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The mountains were very steep.
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The next morning, the mist clinging to the mountains
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Maki's grandparents took us on a hike up to a waterfall on our last day.
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climbing the stairs from the car
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the old rest house along the trail
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We found a little crab on the way up the trail.
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the waterfall shrine
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the waterfall
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We continued up the path and came across this awesome rock archway.
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The view of a village nearby
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chestnut shell
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the village we were staying in
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the grandparents' house
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back down the mountain
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another huge spider
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When we got back from hiking, some of the monkeys who live in the forest around the village had stolen some persimmons and were eating them on the grandparents' roof.
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a half-eaten persimmon, dropped as I chased the culprit off
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Everyone seated for dinner. From left to right, Maki's aunt, Granddad, Grandmom, Miki, Maki's uncle, Maki, Brian, and Chobi.
Maki and I went back to Gifu the next day. We left for Yokohama the day after that.

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