Fruit Salad

A huge departure from the norm! I am typically a matcha purist but decided to shake things up and have a blended blueberry, almond milk and matcha latte. It was fun and tasty but I might prefer the classics. The sweet is from Tugi, one of my favourite places in Fukuoka. Everything they do is breath-taking. This one is a dried pineapple, jasmine and smooth red bean paste wrapped up in a little package.

It’s hard to beat their treats. I couldn’t help myself and got this funny little guy! Those are little rosemary sprigs popping out and is filled with rosemary paste! It was one of the best and most unique wagashi I’ve ever had. But, I think I always say that when I go there.

Hiking in Sasaguri: 畝原山・Uneharasan and Pilgrimage Walking

I had set out with a particular hike in mind but a closed path had other plans for me. Luckily, I was in Sasaguri which is famous for its 88 temple pilgrimage walk. It takes about 3 days to complete so obviously I did not get it done while accidentally stumbling into it, but I would absolutely love to do it all sometime this year.

I got a beet dyed onigiri with pickled plum at the station before I left, it was so good! The weather forecast a rainy morning but I had faith it would clear up. Personally I really like the atmosphere in the rain on the mountains, and it’s nice to have the place to myself!

There were rice paddies, temples and wild wisteria EVERYWHERE. I had never seen wild wisteria that wasn’t supported by structures to spread them wide so I had no idea how hugely tall they could get.

Along the pilgrimage walk was a little more populated. There were a number of abandoned cars and appliances, my favourite road-side mushrooms and miso for sale, and of course more wisteria.

One of the reasons I wanted to come hear was for the waterfalls and the dam, and I was not disappointed. I was really surprised by the Henro 88 trail, it was so sweet and well done. I really can’t wait to go back. At this point I circled back to the train station I came from but decided to head south to keep on the pilgrimage path a while.

There was more beautiful waterfalls, strange debris and bamboo everywhere I went.

It was not the hike I had planned at all but I am so happy I got the chance to explore Sasaguri a little!

As always, here is my course on Yamap.

Hiking in Daizaifu: Sangunsan・三郡山 (935m) and Waterfall Edition

One of the most popular hikes in Fukuoka is Hōmanzan, which I’ve done a few times but never added Sangunsan・三郡山 to the route. Between the two summits there are a lot of little waterfalls and streams I wanted to check out.

The summit of Sangunsan is a lot like Sefuri. Wrapped with barbed wire and quite industrial. Oh well, it was nice to check it off the list and there was a nice spot so sit and have lunch.

Just beyond there, I climbed down to see the waterfalls. It was so cute! The tsubaki flowers had recently fallen and the ground was covered with them. Against the green mossy rocks and sounds of water trickling everywhere it was pretty magical.

A familiar view, at the top of Hōmanzan. The only surprise here was how quiet it was! It was a nice surprise as it’s often quite crowded at the top.

The way down to the shrine is always really lovely.

I’ve done this hike a few times but had somehow forgot it was a touch of a challenge, so I’m a bit more tired and sore than I thought I would be today. But good practice for my hike coming up this week!

Of course here is the course I took on Yamap.

Leaving the House: Ohori Terrace V.2

I’m incredibly lucky and can work wherever I want with pretty flexible hours. Today I spent the day working with a friend at Ohori Terrace. It’s got huge windows, a great vibe and my favourite – matcha sets. The sweet in this set is an interesting blend of 和食・washoku (Japanese style food) and 洋食・yōshoku (western style food). It’s a little piece of chocolate cake that has a brownie texture topped with sweetened red beans. Really amazing. There’s been a few red bean/chocolate sweets I’ve seen this year and it’s quickly becoming a favourite of mine.

Leaving the House: F-Kitchen Edition

I went to study for a while and wound up at F-Kitchen in the Ura Ropponmatsu Project. They have a bunch of local products and food from around the neighborhood (Ropponmatsu) and city. The staff are so, so kind, and this little matcha zenzai with yuzu was one of the best things I’ve had in months. It was my first time having zenzai with yuzu in it and it was really an amazing combo. The matcha was really thick and creamy and the anko (red bean) with shirotama・白玉 (mochi balls) were so chewy and perfect. I will go back as soon I can!

Hiking In Aburayama・油山 Round 2: Sakura Edition

It was a gorgeous sunny day so I headed back to Aburayama to see the cherry blossoms over there. I can see Aburayama from my bedroom window every morning so it was fun to go back. Since it was my second time there I didn’t take as many photos but it was still incredibly nice.

On the walk back home ( I love I can walk home from the mountain so much) I passed by the most beautiful little stretch of river with lots of trees and petals raining down, it was such a nice end to the hike!

Here’s my path on Yamap

Cherry Blossoms Inside and Out

Inside, I had sakura dorayaki with red bean paste. Dorayaki is like a fluffy little pancake. It was lovely. I have some sakura branches for my home and I love to look at them every second.

But outside! Very early, we went out to see the sakura near my place by the castle ruins in Ohori Koen. It was the perfect weather, and the perfect blossoms and perfect morning.

The mountain in the background is Aburayama, where I’ve been hiking and will try to go again this weekend to see even more blossoms, should I be so lucky.