Our first Golden Week was nothing short of golden. Bundled into a rental car with six people and a lovely dog called Lin-chan we made our way to Yamaguchi, stopping on the way to buy fresh food, mountain pants and tabi boots. We arrived to our friend's amazing holiday house, over 100 years old, in the middle of the mountains. Three days followed full of mountain walking, bamboo cutting, flower and herb picking, pizza making, barbecuing, tea leaf picking and drying, fishing, drinking, eating, laughing, etc. etc. etc.
It was the best.