Natural Monument of Okinawa Prefecture
Today day was spent searching for the special trees in the Ryukyu culture.
A little hike up a hill, led to Kami-ashagi, in the Hiji area of Okinawa.
The goal, for me, was to locate this tree, called an Akagi (Bischofia) that's on my list.
The large trees in this grove are over 250 years old.
The trail, leading to the top of the hill was well maintained.
It was warm enough for the mosquitoes to come out so, we used some repellant.
The autumn leaves around here, don't crunch under your feet.
In the forest, they compost real fast and, smell woodsy.
When, I get home maybe, I'll hose my feet and flip-flops down over a flowerpot.
Tell the missus, I'm fertilizing her plants.
The trail, led to this place of worship, Kami-ashagi.
It is extremely important to know, you never enter one of these structures.
I maintain my distance and photograph them but, would only enter one by invitation.
They are used for cultural rituals and, in many villages, only women may enter them.
A sign, nearby, gave some history about the area.
A photo of the English portion, will come in handy for future reference.
Having taken photos of the trees, I was after, the return trip began.
Going downhill was much more enjoyable.
We were blessed with warm weather and blue skies, all this week.
So, I made sure to capture as much with the camera as possible, during the descent.
People, living in snow country, might appreciate all this greenery.
Any day now, we will start getting temperatures in the 60's and I will be freezing !
Note to those who followed this far:
Tomorrow, I will be going to a hospital for a short visit and, will be offline.
Automotively speaking, I guess you could say, something popped in my exhaust manifold.
And, they have to open my engine compartment up, to put a patch inside.
Lucky, for me, it's an up front repair and not, a broken tailpipe.
See you next week !
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