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Spring in Arakawa, Chichibu

After all the mega-snow pictures, it’s time to brighten things up! I’m surrounded by pale pink weeping cherry trees, bright pink and white peach blossoms,  forsythia, white spirea, purple hyacinths, bright pink azaleas, yellow Japanese rose, pink yae-sakura (double cherry blossoms), red flowering quince, phlox, daffodils and numerous other little wildflowers.

Forsythia in Hino, Arakawa, Chichibu

Forsythia in Hino, Arakawa, Chichibu

 

"Katakuri" Erythronium Japonicum

“Katakuri” Erythronium Japonicum

 

Mt Buko and the Double Cherries (sounds like a rock band name!)

Mt Buko and the Double Cherries (sounds like a rock band name!)

 

Flowering Quince  (Chaenomeles)

Flowering Quince
(Chaenomeles)

 

"Shiba-sakura" Phlox  Hino, Arakawa, Chichibu

“Shiba-sakura” Phlox
Hino, Arakawa, Chichibu

 

Double Cherries

Double Cherries

 

Actually it was just after this photo that I was chased by a monkey! There were a troupe of monkeys at the back of the Miyama garden which backs onto the Arakawa River, and one big boss monkey about three meters from the path. I should have turned back but foolishly decided to try and get past it by looking the other way as I walked (they say monkeys attack if you look them in the eye). As I past I heard it take a jump towards me so I ran away as fast as my jelly legs would take me!

Another visitor at my back door- this bird is really tame:

This visitor comes to beg for bread, and eats the forsythia blossoms

This visitor comes to beg for bread, and eats the forsythia blossoms

 

 

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Wild Onion topped Vanilla “Soft Cream” Ice Cream in Arakawa, Chichibu

A delicious restaurant to have within walking distance from home, the ramen noodle shop next to “Arakawa Michi-no-eki” (“Road Station”) in Hino has some unusual toppings on its “soft cream” vanilla ice cream cones. The most unusual being the “gyosha ninniku” (broad-leafed wild onion) topping which is vanilla ice cream topped with leaves of allium victorialis marinated in soy sauce. But don’t worry, the other toppings are locally grown seasonal fruits including blueberries, strawberries, kiwi, figs, chestnut and a really nice unusual pumpkin. Rhubarb topping will be available from around June.That’s on my “to-do list”!

pumpkin, fig, chestnut, vanilla with strawberry, strawberry and vanilla mix, and strawberry ice cream with strawberries!

pumpkin, fig, chestnut, vanilla with strawberry, strawberry and vanilla mix, and strawberry ice cream with strawberries!

 

vanilla, garlic, blueberry, chocolate, azuki, kiwi

vanilla, garlic, blueberry, chocolate, azuki, kiwi

 

That's the gyosha ninniku plant in front

That’s the victory onion plant in front

 

a baby boar called Chocora (future not so sweet)

Newborn boar called Chocora (future not so sweet)

Chocora's sibling called Choco!

Chocora’s sibling called Choco! (in a box outside the restaurant)

The same restaurant has a delicious “tendon”, vegetable tempura on rice dish and other yummy dishes, including the local speciality of potato deep fried in tempura batter and served with sweet miso paste sauce. Now I’m hungry! (again).

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2014 in fun stuff