Golden week 2010

us The end of April through around May 5th is called Golden Week in Japan since there are many public holidays during this period. We spent the holiday in the Okutama mountain area. Okutama is quite near to Tokyo, so instead of spending the nights, we made two one day trips there.

My husband loves hiking and Sidra always has over-abundance energy that every seven year old seems to have. On the other hand, I’m not really built for this activity, I get tired easily especially when walking up the mountain. I didn’t even have the right outfit and was ready to put on my usual tights and dresses. But my husband talked me into buying this drawstring pants from Uniqlo. I know, I should’ve made it myself, but I wasn’t sure if I looked okay in it. When my husband and Sidra saw me wearing it in the dressing room, they looked at each other and exclaimed ‘Mama looks very pretty!’ to assure me. Well, okay then. I’m still not sure though.

Anyway, we had fun! We chose the easy path and went up the mountain by cable car and lifts (so lame!) and then we went walking down the mountain. Sidra really loved being in the mountain, running around the woods, and having lunch by the river. My calve muscles still feel tight right now, but we’re planning to do this activity more often. Maybe I’ll get stronger!

He likes it here the river springlunch by the river one two three we're there the temple Doggie likes to be tickledmaking their wishes in the woods into the woods big flower stairsa rest a chat Sidra in the woodswhere are we? make a wish they love the tree in the mountain

  • http://marmota-b.blog.cz Hana – Marmota

    Oooh, it’s so pretty there! And your pretty family as a bonus. :D
    But really, it looks so lovely there and so – eh, familiar! Not that I’ve ever been to Japan, but this suddenly reminds me that Japan is more or less in the same climatic belt as my own landlocked country. So there IS something familiar about the place, which makes it even more lovely to my eyes.

    • verypurpleperson

      I imagine that must felt strange, feeling familiar over a place you’ve never been to!
      For me, this place is far from what I’m used to. I used to live in a big polluted metropolitan city in my country, but somehow I felt more comfortable in that mountain. I guess I’m not a city girl after all :)

      • http://marmota-b.blog.cz Hana – Marmota

        I actually live in one of the lowest areas of my country, but I like mountains and hills more. And these mountains look similar to what I’m used to from my country – not as high as the Alps, I imagine, so it’s all pleasant trees and greens, lovely to look at and be in! Of course, the plants are probably different, and the architecture is different, too, but the overall feeling is similar.

  • http://sidac.blogspot.com Jenny

    What great pictures! It looks like you had a lot of fun!

  • http://www.crochetie.blogspot.com Ophelia.k

    Okutama was one of the list we were going to during the Golden week! Instead, we picked Mt. Takao. I wish we could meet each other in coincidence:D
    I totally understand that you wanna do that more often. I am more like “staying @home is the best” person. But after climbing the mountain, my husband and I decided to do it again! It’s so refreshing!

    Hope to see you soon!!

    • verypurpleperson

      Yes it would be nice if we met in the mountain! My husband told me about Mt. Takao too, but he said there are more people there, that was why we picked Okutama. But I would like to go there sometime, I’m a mountain lady now haha

  • http://madebyemer.blogspot.com Emer

    Hi, lovely pictures. you all look so happy. Just to let you know I received the hat today, and it’s wonderful. I left a link on my blog. Thanks again.

    • verypurpleperson

      Wow faster than I thought!
      I hope that you like it. Thank you for entering the giveaway :)

  • http://blog.nataliarico.es/ NATALIA

    Hi!!
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    • verypurpleperson

      Hello from Tokyo! Glad that you like my blog :)

  • http://www.vivatveritas.blogspot.com chie

    looks like a lot of fun! which mountain did u guys go to??

    • verypurpleperson

      Yes we had a lot of fun! And surprisingly a day in mountain is far less tiring than a day in Shinjuku. :D
      I’m really bad about remembering those places’ names, but we went there from Mitake station. On the first day we walked along the river, and the second day we went by bus to the cable car place and walked into the wood from there. I guess there must be a lot of mountains there!

  • http://kariselle.blogspot.com/ Kae

    I love how you say that you feel cheated when wearing store bought clothes!…Hehehe..You do look great though!…The boys weren’t kidding. And great pictures! Love them all :)

  • http://www.thelaughingmonkey.com/blog Rose

    What a beautiful place! Looks like a grand adventure!

  • http://sallyannieee.blogspot.com sallyannie

    Wow, that looks so fun! Your family looks very happy and adorable~

    I really love reading your blog, the things you make look so professional and even inspired me to start sewing my own things, so thank you for that!

  • http://pipitta.com pipitta

    hwaaaaa…. breathtaking view…. :D
    hihii.. siriiiikkkkkk pengen banget jalan-jalan kayak gitu..

    *so envy yet happy for you* :P

  • http://craftysmiles.blogspot.com/ Aija

    Wow!!!!! That does look like a looooot of fuuuuuunnnn!!!!! And place is absolutely gorgeous.
    I really like your site,well done on it!!!!!!!

    • verypurpleperson

      We had a lot fun! That place is going to be even prettier in autumn when everything is yellow and orange :)
      Thank you for visiting my site!

  • http://www.chubbyhobby.com/ Jo

    That looked soooooooooooo fun!:)

    • verypurpleperson

      Indeed! I rarely go hiking, so it was a fresh change.

  • http://www.cherrycherrycherry.blogg.no Cherry

    Sounds like a nice holiday :)

  • http://justordinarydayofmi.blogspot.com/ Mi (なおみ)

    gileee … tempatnya keren banget Nov .. pasti seneng banget ya … (^.^)

    • verypurpleperson

      Iya seneng banget
      The whole place was also very clean although there were no trash cans, everyone was taking care of their own trash :)

  • http://carinessentials.wordpress.com/ Carine

    I have to say Okutama just looks fabulous and gives me the urge for travelling. Beautiful place! … And I think the trousers fit you really well, your men are right! :)

    • verypurpleperson

      Awww you think so? They were extremely comfortable though, I’m thinking of making another pair!