Had a lovely hungover day out in Ogose in Saitama with Falsalama and his lovely girlfriend recently.
A beautiful wood with several waterfalls.
Just what the doctor ordered, fresh deep lungfuls of air and nature weaving her calming spell on me.
Of course, I managed to find a little darkness in all that beauty, as is the uchujin way.
Hit the ‘more’ link for…..er…….more ;-)







The inevitable darkness I managed to find was the poster below, tacked onto a public toilet.It says that on the 2nd of June a 27 year old man from Yamagata prefecture disappeared in the woods. What with the suicide rate in Japan being what it is I hope he’s ok.


And finally, we have this scary looking guy, 鬼蜘蛛 ’Onigumo’ in Japanese, which means devil spider (!), Araneus ventricosus, a species of orb weaving spider. Near where we had parked the car at the bottom of the wood there were many of them. Apparently not dangerous, but I don’t trust an insect or arachnid with that colouring!


I highly recommend Ogose if you find yourself out that way in ‘Dasaitama’ ;-)

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  • falsalama

    beautiful photos.. very nice day out too :)

  • curt

    Nope, that’s not Oni gumo. That’s Joro Gumo, Argiope bruennichii.

  • @Curt – thanks for clearing that up. I had never seen the scary looking bastards before so I just asked my friend what it was called in Japanese.