Ashinoko Lake – Hikone, Japan

A day trip we took back in December 2015.

From Wikipedia:

Lake Ashi (芦ノ湖 Ashi-no-ko?), also referred to as Hakone Lake or Ashinoko Lake, is a scenic lake in theHakone area of Kanagawa Prefecture in Honshū, Japan. It is a crater lake that lies along the southwest wall of thecaldera of Mount Hakone, a complex volcano that last erupted in 1170 CE at Owakudani. The lake is known for its views of Mt. Fuji, its numerous hot springs, historical sites, and ryokan. The lake is located on the Tokaido road, the main link between Kyoto and Tokyo. A number of pleasure boats and ferries traverse the lake, providing scenic views for tourists and passengers. Several of the boats are inspired by the design of sailing warships.

The name means “lake of reeds” in Japanese: 芦 (ashi) is “reed”, and 湖 (ko) is “lake”. The abundance of nature makes it popular with hikers. There are many trails with different levels of challenge.

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A Self Compassion Exercise

Came across this today and thought it was worth sharing…

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A Self Compassion Exercise from Joe Bichard on Vimeo.

Written and Said by Alain De Botton
Directed by Joe Bichard
Music and Sound by Skillbard
Additional Voice Talent by Sophie Koko Gate
Additional Animation by Joe Sparrow
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Want to be #happy? Be #grateful

The one thing all humans have in common is that each of us wants to be happy, says Brother David Steindl-Rast, a monk and interfaith scholar. And happiness, he suggests, is born from gratitude. An inspiring lesson in slowing down, looking where you’re going, and above all, being grateful.

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