It passed one and half year since I sent "Report from Japan" last time.  How have you been?

I am sending a beautiful Autumn scenery from Japan where I visited in late October. The place was called "Hachimantai" where it is 6 hour drive to north from central Tokyo. It was very good for my relaxation and I enjoyed hiking, hot spa, good local food and of course good "Sake" (hot rice wine with baked  fish in it) .

In Tokyo, temperature become under 10C and we start to use heater.  North mountain has already been covered with snow and many ski place has been open. Good news for skiers. 

Japanese economy is still struggling to escape from serious depression and consumer consumption has not been up, even though I have been spending  more to stimulate Japanese economy.   It will be an another tough year in 2003.

Panorama View of Mt. Iwate


Blue sky and Autumn leaves 

Geothermal Power Plant

Hot Spa Entrance

Hot Spa 

View from the top of the Hachimantai



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