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When I woke up in the morning, the sky was clear and cloudless. Altitude here is 900m, Fuji in front, Suruga Bay on the left, and Sagami Bay on the right. I have been here many times, but this is the first time I have had such a clear view.
This photo is the view from the hot spring on the top floor of Tokyu Harvest Amagi Kogen.
For our morning walk, we chose a course I had never taken before.
I found this walking course and walked along it.
This time we didn’t see any deer, so we headed for the deer course.
Konatsu got her share, too, and breakfast was over. Since we had come all this way, we decided to go see the Kawazu cherry blossoms, so we drove south on the Izu Peninsula. However, it took us more than an hour to drive there because there seemed to be so many people who wanted to see the Kawazu cherry blossoms, even though it usually takes only 30 minutes.
There was a five-car pileup on the Tomei Expressway just before Gotemba, and the traffic jam was initially indicated as 2km/5minutes, but it never moved, and in fact it was 7km long and took us an hour to get through. We were worried that we would not make it in time, but somehow we made it and arrived at the temple in Okazaki.
After the memorial service, we decided to stay the night at Tokyu Harvest in Amagi Kogen, because it would have been difficult to go back to Kamakura. Since we arrived at night, we just had dinner in our room and went to bed.
This is Konatsu’s walk the next morning. It was very cold here at an altitude of nearly 1,000 meters.
The tennis court in the facility was completely white and in this condition.
We did nothing that day, and spent the rest of the evening relaxing.
My wife seems to be happy to be free from her daily chores and to be able to relax and do nothing, so she is spending most of the time in the room without doing any sightseeing. However, I had a problem when I drove out for a bit of shopping, etc. The temperature is below freezing even during the daytime, so the washer fluid is frozen and won’t come out. When the car was covered with muddy water, I had to wash it with drinking waterI Next time, I will put in antifreeze washer fluid.
Let’s go to dinner on the last day! Konatsu brought a lot of clothes this time.
French food lasts three days, but I never get tired of it because it’s so good here.
It is hard to believe that she is an old dog who is about to turn 13 years old. We lost our previous dog at the age of 13 years and 3 months, so we want her to live to be 15 years old first, and then 20 years old if possible. In order to achieve this goal, we need to take good care of Konatsu’s physical condition, but when I weighed her at the hospital, she weighed 19.5 kg, which is almost 1 kg more than she weighed at the end of the year. We need to cut down on the snacks!
The news has been reporting since yesterday that the Kanto region is about to experience heavy snowfall. Such is the case, but I have been in Gunma for work since yesterday, and as of 9:00 a.m., there is still no sign of snow.
Soon it will start snowing and it looks like it will pile up all at once.
According to the weather forecast, it looks like it is going to snow more and more heavily, and looking at the information on the highways, various restrictions and road closures due to snow are starting to appear. If I continued to work until the evening, I might not be able to go home, and the director, worried about that, cancelled my evening work.
So I finished work in the afternoon, and this is where I was driving on the Joshin-Etsu Highway.
But before I knew it, it had changed to Yamagata beef. Moreover, the name on the signboard at the entrance has changed to “Nishikamakura Butcher Shop”. I wonder what happened to it…? It seems that the price is still the same, though. I bought some cheap meat for Konatsu and returned home.
Snow is predicted for the Kanto region in the latter half of this week. It’s been a pattern lately of saying it’s going to snow but it doesn’t, but what will happen this week? Speaking of snow, I found a video of Konatsu playing in the snow five years ago. Konatsu was 7 years old at that time, running around energetically, but she can’t do it anymore.
When I took her to the veterinary clinic last month for a tartar removal, they pointed out that her periodontal disease had progressed to the point where her teeth were slightly shaking, in keeping with her age. She doesn’t have much tartar on her teeth yet, but it’s important to brush her teeth!
I bought this for Konatsu since I haven’t brushed her teeth for a while.
For several years now, I have heard that foreign visitors to Japan have been saying that service areas on Japanese highways are fun or that they are like theme parks. Since nearly half of this blog is accessed from overseas, I thought I would introduce the service area (SA) I visited today.
I drive on the Kan-etsu Expressway every month when I go to Gunma for work. On the way there, …
This is Kamisato SA, located on the border of Saitama and Gunma prefectures, where I decided to take a break.
It was around 9:00 a.m. on a weekday, but it was quite crowded. I guessed there were about half commercial vehicles and half tourists.
Recently, I have seen Starbucks at many SAs. However, I passed by this place and went to the restroom first.
It seems that as dogs get older, they become more vulnerable to the cold. Konatsu has an undercoat, so she may be better than single-coated dogs, but she is already in her late twelfth year, so I guess she needs to be prepared for the cold.
Since the planned trip was cancelled, so, we decided to have a drinking party…
Beer, sake, and wine were lined up on the table, and this is when we finished the beer and moved on to the sake.
Konatsu said, “I want some too! I want some too!
Sashimi for Konatsu!
Konatsu had plenty more after that! The following is our meal.
Shimonita leeks, just grilled. When you peel off the skin and eat it, the inside is tender and delicious. It’s hard to describe the food from here on out, so you’ll just have to guess from the pictures.
I can eat more… Konatsu said.
Then, this is what happens in the end.
Konatsu looks satisfied after eating a lot.
Finally, Daifuku for dessert! Daifuku is a rice cake stuffed with red bean paste.
Konatsu, realizing that she would not get it, gave up and went to bed. It was a fun night.