1) The house is in the foothills of a mountain, surrounded by trees and supposedly there are monkeys in the forest (I sadly didn't see any).
2) At the base of the hill the house resides on is a beach, which also means the ocean, which I could see from my bed. This also meant that the waves on the beach lulled me to sleep.
3) Because it is a traditional house, I was expecting to have to sleep on a futon but instead I was treated to a night on a pillow-top mattress (which I haven't had since December!!)
4) In the morning I was able to walk around the neighborhood in complete peaceness and calm, relax in a hammock, and then eat delicious somen (a summer noodle dish) prepared by my host out on a makeshift deck.
Let's just say it was superb and I could not have asked for better.
We summited and were able to visit the 1,500 faces (small buddha statues with different faces scattered through temple grounds), Hundred Shaku Kannon, and the largest DaiButsu (big Buddha) in Japan (also the largest pre-modern stone carving of Buddha) at Nihonji, the temple at the top of Nokogiri-Yama.
Then we came back down the mountain and I went back to Kanaya Base where I was invited to join the group as they built stands for one member's guesthouse's garden. It was fun doing some get-your-hands-dirty physical work for a couple hours and then I was invited to another 500 yen home-cooked meal! YUM.
Well, that's what I've been up to recently. Hope you are enjoying my adventures, until next time!