Pause

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the rainy season officially started in the kanto region this week, but one would have been hard pressed to believe that today. when i peered out from the balcony this morning, the mountains in the distance stood dark and clear, and as hard as i tried (which… wasn’t very hard), i couldn’t resist the call. as soon as i got the laundry out on the line, i hopped on my motocycle and headed to tokigawa.

in less than an hour, i was at the top of mt. dodaira, now one of my favorite local spots.  after admiring the grand view, i headed back down again and decided to stop at a café that i had been wanting to try each time i passed this way.  it’s a combination zakka/used book shop and coffee shop, but is unique in the fact that the café space is located outside by the river across the street.  with the gentle sound of the water in the background, i had a lovely, tranquil time sipping on the delicious cold brew coffee and reading several picture books recommended by the shop owner.

this shop is going to be a favorite…!

今日はぴっかぴかの晴天。
朝目覚めたらベランダから見える山々は黒々していて、とても梅雨が始まったばかりとは思えないほど。
これは出かけなければ、もったいない!

洗濯物を干したらバイクに飛び乗りときがわへ。
一気に定番スポットの堂平山の上まで走って一休み。
他のライダーたちも同じ考えだったのか、今日は多くのバイクとすれ違いました。

山を下りたら、前から気になっていた『ときがわの小物屋さん』によってみました。ここは名前通り小物屋であり、そしてカフェであり。でも一般のカフェと違って、テーブルやイスは道を挟んだ川の隣。小川のせせらぎを耳に、おすすめの水出しコーヒーをいただきながら店主のお気に入り絵本を数冊読んで。心身ともに癒された、とっても贅沢な時間でした。

ここは行きつけのお店になりそう...!

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  1. Peter on said:

    What a lovely way to spend the day. Thank you for sharing this and all your previous posts. I really enjoy reading them and viewing all the beautiful photos.

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