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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Gentle Rapids

A friend from Saitama invited me to visit his home last Sunday. From there, we drove to the Nagatoro area where he surprised me with a riverboat ride.


It turned out that Nagatoro is a center for whitewater activity just a few miles out of Tokyo. City folks troop to the area for kayaking and other water activities.


We rode a traditional large wooden boat manned by two local navigators in uniform. Since it's just about the end of summer, the river flow was quite low, making the course not so exciting (but good for my camera of course). The highlight of the cruise was the run through the "kotake" (Little Falls) where we passed thru a decent wave train weaving thru large boulders.


What was interesting were the fascinating rock formations lining the riverbanks. It is called the Iwadatami or Tatami Rocks. One particular group looked quite ominous, it reminded me of Harry Potter (I dont know why).

11 comments:

Everlito (ever) Villacruz said...

parang pinas din pala ang lugar dyan...ilog at bundok.

Marites said...

like Ever :) my first reaction was "parang Pinas". really thought it was in Pinas. Ganda niya and nice captures.

r-yo said...

ever/maritess: actually, feeling ko nga mas maganda pa ata sa Pagsanjan. Nahiya nga ako dahil di pa ko napapasyal dun heheh. Nway, this particular place looks good daw pag autumn na talaga dahil magiging makulay ang mga puno.

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

It's water damage that always make me worry about bringing my DSLR with me on a kayak trip. Did you put your camera on a waterproof casing?

r-yo said...

NP: actually, kinabahan nga ako dahil wala akong dala kahit plastic. buti na lang meron namang ready sa bangka na pantakip para sa mga tao.

Sidney said...

Very artistic images...peaceful...

adelina_jp said...

naku muntik nang banda diyan kami dapat nag camping ~~ pero medyo mahirap ang location for camping kaya sa iba kami natuloy

Lawstude said...

great shots here. pro na pro ang dating.

Abaniko said...

Parang hidden paradise ang dating ah. So tranquil. Ganda!

BlogusVox said...

Dyan magandang mag meditate, to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

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