November 11, 2018
A couple of weeks ago we took a Shinkansen up north to Akita. The last two weeks of October are when the leaves change color. We were told that a week later than that and they’d be all gone. They weren’t kidding. We were there for three days and the landscape looked a lot different from when we arrived to when we left. Or maybe it didn’t change so much. We changed.
Wow that was too artsy to not smack myself for. We weren’t changed, but we were definitely rejuvenated. Our skin felt AMAZING. And, really, being up there in the cold, fresh air feel so different from Tokyo. Life is slower. Places are wider, shorter, emptier. Many roads but not many cars. When we came back to Tokyo we were shocked at how packed it was. And that’s just from us being away for a couple of days. I can’t imagine how my parents felt when they first came here. It’s really surprising.
Otherwise right off the bat let me say how tough this video was to title, and as I write this sentence I still haven’t settled on one. Because I wanted to call it “The Most Beautiful Onsen in Japan” but it turns out that Sharla already did a video called that, in the exact same Onsen we went to. She wasn’t lying. Not clickbait title. It’s absolutely stunning. We couldn’t get footage good enough to do it justice. We could show you how the onsen looks, or the village looks, or the trees look, but there’s an air there that we couldn’t catch. An air of timelessness and deep history. It definitely punches you in the stomach while the views slap you in the face. Overall very abusive in a good way.
I don’t know what came over me today with this post. We just had a really great time here and I hope you can go out and experience it as well. If you want more of it to experience, here are some bloopers and extra scenes!