■■■ 山岸誠 特任講師
I climbed Mt. Tsukuba in Ibaraki Prefecture with my family during the autumn leaves season. Mt. Tsukuba is one of Japan’s top 100 mountains and is often referred to as “Fuji in the west, Tsukuba in the east.” I planned that my daughter in the lower grades would also enjoy it.
I was in the mood of hiking, also hoping that some inspiration might come to me, but it was only at the beginning that I fully enjoyed the scenery and nature. There were many steep slopes and rocky areas along the way, and there was almost no time to set up a camera. In the second half, we aimed for the top of the mountain while encouraging each other. However, it is indeed one of Japan’s 100 famous mountains. There were many highlights such as Benkei Nanamodori(弁慶七戻り) and the Tainai kuguri(胎内くぐり), and the contrast between the mountain surface and the autumn leaves that I saw occasionally was beautiful. My wife and daughter were striving. At the summit of Mt. Nyotai (elevation 877m), you can see the Kanto Plain beyond the autumn leaves and feel refreshed. If feeling tired, it was also available to use the ropeway for the return. It was also nice to be able to slowly enjoy the scenery from a high viewpoint all the way to the foot of the mountain.
It was a nice holiday spent with my family. I also got a good idea about the revision of the submitted paper. Although it is for beginners, sufficient planning and preparation are essential for mountaineering. However, I think that it is a good activity that I can recommend even for indoor people.
About a month has passed since I climbed the mountain, and on the Shirokanedai Campus of the Institute of Medical Science, the University of Tokyo, where I belong, the ginkgo leaves have begun to fall, and I feel the arrival of winter every day. Until last year, I was just busy with the rush of December, but I would like to enjoy research and education with the members of the laboratory without forgetting the peace of mind that I felt during the mountain climbing.