R: We’re on our way to Mt. Tanigumi. J: They’re fishing. J: A little bit farther up the river they have a place where you can catch Ayu fish by hand. R: Mt. Tanigumi! J: In the spring these sakura are really beautiful. R: They’re all sakura?? That must be so pretty! J: We’re here. R: Koi. R: See? I remembered! R: There’s a turtle! R: Look! R: Cute. He’s looking at us. J: Okay, are you ready? R: Yep. J: The min-min cicadas are singing. J: Tsuku-tsuku boshi, too. J: They sound completely different from abura cicadas, don’t they? R: Abura…? J: The ones we have in my city. Just “Jiiiiii-” J: I love higurashi. Higurashi’s the best. R: Is that what these are? J: These are tsuku-tsuku boshi. R: How do you know?? How do you know the difference between all the different cicadas? J: Most Japanese know. R: It’s huge. J: It’s really cool here today. R: Yeah, it’s really nice. R: I want an empty clip like this, R: and then I’m just gonna pop up! J: Heart? J: Nice. R: It’s beautiful! J: Yeah. R: Omg, I want to live somewhere like this! J: Hello. 😀 R: They look like they’re from Jurassic Park. J: Yeah, that’s exactly what I was thinking! R: There’re so many! R: They made lotus flowers, too. J: I wonder how many there are. 100K? 200K? R: Each bunch is 1,000? J: Yeah. R: Really?? J: Yeah. R: Wow. R: Look at the trees! J: Yeah, it’s beautiful. J: Are you ready for the hike to Okunoin? R: Yes. Is that what this says? J: Yeah. J: It’ll take a while to get there. J: You can take one of these. R: They make walking sticks?? R: They leave walking sticks here for people? J: Yeah, because it’s a difficult hike. R: Wow!! J: You don’t need it? R: I don’t think so. J: Okay, good luck. R: I want juice. (???) R: There’re stairs made from roots!! R: Wow, it’s so pretty! R: That’s a harvestman. R: It’s a… I forget the actual name of the… R: Opiloid?? [It’s Opiliones*] R: Something like that. J: Where did it go? R: Oh, it’s up here. R: People call them spiders, but they’re not. R: They’re still arachnids, but they’re harmless. R: We have to go quickly before it gets dark! R: I can hear water! J: She has so much energy… J: It feels nice. R: Yeah. Do you remember how much farther up it is? J: Uhh… I don’t know. J: Maybe like 30 more minutes? R: Omg froggy! R&J: Bye! J: 798 AD… so about 1,200 year ago. R: Omg. J: 0.8km to Okunoin! R: That’s not very far. J: Yeah, it’s not that far. Let’s go. J: What? R: It was a giant hornet! Suzumebachi! J: Oh, really? R: I’m scared now! Now I have goosebumps… R: I heard that if you get stung once from Osuzumebachi, and then you get stung again, you can die. J: Yeah, you can die. R: That’s scary. J: Where did you see it? R: It was over there. J: Oh, well that’s fine. J: You all right? R: I’m tired. J: This is not it. R: It’s not?? J: No, it’s not. R: Aghh… J: Almost there. [Construction noises] R: Okay, so that was our Okunoin visit. R: And we are now on our descent, back down the treacherous path. R: This looks like a Ghibli road. R: Look! Doesn’t it look like this is where Chihiro’s dad would be driving in Spirited Away? J: Yeah, it does. R: That was fun!