Usually, the doctor removes the tartar with a hand scaler, but today, when the treatment started, the doctor came to call me and said, “There is too much tartar this time, so I will use an ultrasonic scaler. It can be done without anesthesia.” He explained to me .
The day after our visit to Hakone, we went to BioTOPIA (near the Oimatsuda IC of the Tomei Expressway) recommended by Anne’s owner. This was a great place to take the dog, so I will introduce it to you.
According to a search on the Internet, this BioTOPIA is a “facility for improving pre-symptomatic diseases” by Kanagawa Prefecture in cooperation with this area. If you are interested in pre-symptomatic diseases, please visit Kanagawa Prefecture page.
This is Izusan Shrine. The shrine grounds are spread out over a vast area from the bottom of the mountain to the top, so it would be difficult to walk all the way around. The photo above is the main shrine.
Konatsu visited the shrine with us.
I tried to walk a little higher up, but…
This is the path leading to Hakusan Shrine. The narrow uphill slope on the right is the route.
It seems impossible to climb up this slope with Konatsu. The Hongu shrine is just ahead, but I gave up and decided to return here.
It contains a story that is over 800 years old.
In an effort to bring good luck to our family, we bought good luck charms for my wife and I and for Konatsu.
The main shrine where we were at this time is located at such a high place. Izu Oshima Island can be seen in the distance.
It was very hot during the day today, so we waited until the heat on the road had cooled down before going out for our evening walk. Konatsu doesn’t like the heat, and she is also old, so we have to be careful about such things.
Today, Konatsu started walking at a brisk pace.
On the way, we stopped by Futa’s house. Konatsu was in a good mood after being petted by Futa’s dad!
When we left Futa’s house and started walking, we met Belle. Konatsu and Belle are good friends.
Today’s walk is over as the rugby match between Japan and Australia will be broadcast on TV later today.
Last week and this week we were hit by a typhoon on two consecutive weekends, and the weather was bad, but today the rain finally stopped. Shizuoka Prefecture seems to have been severely damaged, and I am worried because I know a lot of people there.
Recently Konatsu has been taking shorter and shorter walks, although I think it is still too early her to get old. The picture below was taken when my wife was shopping and Konatsu and I were waiting in front of Suzukiya.
One thing that worries me a little is that Konatsu sometimes doesn’t want to eat her food these days. Konatsu looks forward to eating more than anything else, so when she doesn’t eat, I worry that something is wrong with her. That said, if I put sashimi on top of the leftover food, she will eat it all up…
It was a heat protection item that I put a frozen coolant in it and wrapped it around Konatsu’s neck and walked around with it. It is getting cooler in September, but there will still be hot days, so it will probably be used several times.
Yesterday’s rain created puddles of water here and there. I heard that there was a great thunderstorm in the Shonan area yesterday morning, and my wife e-mailed me at work and said, “Konatsu, who is afraid of the sound of thunder, ran around the house, and had an accident on the cushions, and got four cushions wet!” That’s what happened. When she was a puppy, she was fine with the sound of thunder and fireworks, but since she became an adult dog, she has become a terror.
Then Howl appeared on the scene. When I asked his owner about yesterday’s thunderstorm, he told me that Howl was not good at it either. Anne’s owner told me that Anne was totally fine with it. It depends on the dog.
Konatsu usually doesn’t try to join a group of dogs on her own, but this morning everyone gathered around so I was able to take this picture. Even so, Konatsu was watching from afar and not actively trying to play with them.
Moana is playing in the water!
After this, we walked a lap around our usual course to finish the walk.
We said good-bye to Anne wiping her feet, and Konatsu went home.
I found a long-established Japanese-style confectionery shop called Shintsuru. We were told that the “mochi manju” we were looking for was already sold out! We had no choice but to buy another one and headed to Suwa-taisha Shrine.
We entered this restaurant after searching on the Internet. It seemed that this restaurant was very popular and there were only 10 buckwheat noodles left when we entered, and the customers who came a while later were refused, saying that they were sold out.
This is the only menu.
We had two kinds of soba noodles, top and bottom. Both were very tasty.
This is Lake Suwa seen from Kami-suwa. This was an enjoyable trip, although I could only stay one night due to my work schedule.
This is our family’s last trip this summer. In the past few days, we have been able to feel a hint of autumn in the mornings and evenings. I headed for Matsumoto, hoping that it would be cooler in Shinshu. I headed for Matsumoto, hoping that the weather would be cooler in Shinshu.
Here is the Okaya Junction where we enter the Nagano Expressway from the Chuo Expressway, about 20 minutes to Matsumoto. The purpose of this trip was to watch the opera “The Marriage of Figaro” at the Seigi Ozawa Matsumoto Festival. Since we left home early, we had plenty of time, so we decided to visit Matsumoto Castle.
I have been visiting Matsumoto for about 20 years, but this is the first time I have seen Matsumoto Castle from close up. 1504 is said to be the year the castle was built, and it is magnificent and beautiful.
The view from the castle tower used to be like this.
Since there was still time, I decided to go to Agata no Mori Park for a walk.
Here it is.
Now it’s time to head to the festival site.
The city of Matsumoto is filled with a welcoming atmosphere with these flags everywhere.
This is Matsumoto Citizen’s Art Center, the venue of the opera.
The seats are on the fourth floor. Opera is so expensive.
In this opera, I paid attention to the stage as well as to the conductor, Nodoka Okisawa. Ms. Okisawa became the third Japanese winner of the Besançon International Conducting Competition in 2019, following Seiji Ozawa and Kazuki Yamada. The way she conducted was so graceful that it reminded me of Carlos Kleiber, though that may be an exaggeration.
We ended the day by checking into the inn and toasting with a can of draft beer!