The end of the rainy season has brought temperatures in the mid 30s and the usual humidity. So we did what any sensible people would do. We ran away.
We ended up in Amakusa, where we strolled along a deserted beach, and rooted around in rock pools. The place was teaming with life – we discovered the usual fish and crabs, but also mudskippers, prawns, and a cluster of sea urchins.
Mrs C was after taking them home and preparing some uni for dinner. I’m not fussed about them myself, tasting as they do of sea water and little else. Fortunately we had no spike-proof receptacle, so the urchins lived to see another tide.
Yesterday was even hotter, and this time we headed in the opposite direction – up towards Aso, and into the Kikuchi gorge with its green forests and mountain streams.