today was delicious - a bike ride through kyoto`s light dappled scenery and then a scenic train ride up to one of my favorite old haunts - kurama mountain. i first hiked this mountain ten years ago. it`s something i did anywhere from once to a few times a year until we moved to canada - it was my first visit since moving back. thankfully i wasn`t too out of shape! fresh thin air, 800 year old trees, friendly mountain folk, and one of my favorite mountain temples. i took a million photos, i`ll have to post some more tomorrow. tonight i`ll be sleeping like a baby after all that exercise and fresh air! kurama is what we call a `power spot` in japan - i really recharged my batteries and feel mentally refreshed. one of my friends hopped like a bunny all the way down the mountain - it was very amusing to watch! i got my tired body home around five to a bare fridge, so i quickly whipped up some homemade cabbage & cream cheese / ground meat & onion pieroskis served with a simple scotch broth and white rice. i used a vegan recipe for the pieroski dough and it worked out beautifully. goodnight!