Let's see... What do I have to say today?
On our morning walks, Tetsu and I meet quite a lot of people although we start out at a little before 6:00 am. Recently it is barely getting light when we start out and almost every morning Tetsu tries to convince me that we should wait until later (knowing full well we need to be back home by 7:00) or if it is drizzling he'll put up an argument for forgetting about it all together and going back to sleep. I'm one of those people who decide if I've made a committment to something I'm going to do it come hell or high water! You know who Choco sides with. So off on our walks we go no matter what the sky looks like.
Of course the farmers must be up since before dawn and during the summer we would be awakend by the sound of tractors, but even now they are out in the fields putting up hot houses or working in them, burning leaves etc. Most every morning we meet the same people on our walks. The elderly people out to get their exercise ambling along with canes and radios so that they can listen to the news as they walk. Couples (like us) out for a brisk stroll (all around our age... starting to worry about cholesterol probably.) High school kids who have to bike about 20 minutes to the station or jr. high kids in their gym clothes bicycling to school for early morning sport practice.
Here are some of the friendly people that we meet daily.
Leek farmers working in the hot house. Leeks (known in Japan as nira) are a local product in our area and these farmers have rows and rows of hot houses. Occasionally they'll just hand me a bunch that they've just cut from the ground and within 15 minutes I'll have fresh leeks in my miso soup.
A woodcutter who often stops to lean over and give Choco a pet on the head. On this day we asked him if he would cut down a stump on the side of the road that Tetsu ran the car into the other day (blew two tires!)
Two grandmas who wish us well every morning. And two of my neighbors and friends who have a few minutes of free time after making lunches and driving their kids to catch an early morning train.
"Ohayou gozaimasu!" "Good morning! And have a good day!"