On A Walk: Nikko Botanical Garden

It seems like when you say ‘Japan’ immediately people imagine Tokyo. Cities and lights and sushi and karaoke bars. But so much of Japan, and all of the area around Nikko, is very wild. Jungles and mountains and rivers and green everywhere. And seeing as I’m city-averse it’s the right corner of Japan for me. It’s quite lovely. And muggy. But mostly very lovely.DSC_1443 DSC_1447 DSC_1448

There’s something that feels perfectly right about a little girl running wild in the woods. Free to be dirty and to be fast and to be loud. It’s totally aligned with the purpose of childhood. DSC_1449 DSC_1450

Little O, sweet baby sister, always just fine to be along for the ride.DSC_1451 DSC_1453 DSC_1455

She held a piece of paper that she had marked with stamps earlier and used it as a map. She consulted it with the utmost seriousness. We followed along. DSC_1456 DSC_1457

In a place that looks so beautiful even to the jaded eyes of adults, the tired eyes of parents, imagine how amazing it must look to the open, hungry eyes of a 3.5 year old. She was in awe. In fact she is almost always in some state of awe. It’s the best thing about her.DSC_1459 DSC_1463 DSC_1469 DSC_1470

Our seriously low peanut butter situation right now is mitigated by the environs. For now.DSC_1471 DSC_1472

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