Category Archives: Gero

Gero Onsen Gassho Mura (and the slide)

Saturday was a wet and rainy day, but Sunday the sun came up and we took a trip over to the Gassho Village in Gero aka Gero Onsen Gassho Mura. As you can see from the video the trees are still gorgeous… and the slide is still fun.


Hooray! First egret of the season. I hope he found some frogs to feast upon. There’s a video belowCrane


Our neighbors are generally pretty quiet. But last night they were beating drums, playing the flute, and dancing all around. Not sure what they were celebrating, memorializing, or what. The kid in the center danced around in a circle for about 10 minutes. And everyone likes videos, so we uploaded one for you.


Transform Your Nerdy Self

I never cease to be amazed by the crazy illustrations around Japan. I think this is a sign to download some Japanese “SIMS” like game. What’s so weird about it, is it seems to be sponsored by the City of Gero.

Cycling in the snow

Pedaling in the snow #NBD

Gero Driving School

The course

From all accounts on the world wide web, passing the driver’s test the first time doesn’t seem to happen all that often. “Driving Schools” are a HUGE business in Japan -around $3,000/person. (Of course, you wouldn’t know that there were such high standards for getting a driver’s license because the general population of this island doesn’t drive any better than the US). We didn’t go to the driving school, but we did spend an hour at the Gero Driving School driving around on a course “similar to the one in Gifu”.

Takeaways from the Gero Driving School:

  • Drive slow on the inside of the course, but not too slow on the outside.
  • Pump the breaks (3x) prior to reaching a turn. (?!)
  • Exaggerate your mirror check/blind spot checks.
  • Don’t hit things. You immediately fail.
  • It’s OK to drive with your blinker on if you are going to turn in the next 3 minutes.
  • If the test administrator has to use the emergency break you fail.
  • There is a specific order for moving the seat, locking the door, adjusting the mirrors, and putting on the seatbelt… but I can’t remember the order…hmm.


Q: “What happens if you miss/forget a turn during the exam?”

A: “Nothing. Loop back around and try again. It only gives you more opportunities to fail”

If you are interested, check out the Japanese road signs. Word on the street is that the not-as-populated prefectures are more lenient, so I guess that’s another plus for living in GP.

Taking the car for a spin

The sun triumphs (for now)

It took about three days for the snow to (mostly) melt away. Enjoying the sunshine while we can – it’s going to be a cold winter. (cont’d)

sNOw way!

Lots and lots of snow this weekend!! (cont’d)


I asked Narita-san if it was OK to put up Christmas lights…

Gobble gobble!

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! We celebrated American-style –  Nick came over and MD cooked (the world didn’t even end). Not bad for a toaster oven, microwave and a stove top.

  • Turkey (!)
  • Ham
  • Gravy
  • Stuffing
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Green bean casserole
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Sweet potato casserole
  • Pumpkin pie bars

Big thanks to Therese and Shizue for shipping/bringing us all of the ingredients not readily available in Japan (gravy, CoM soup, fried onions, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, stuffing, pumpkin pie, etc!)

Winter is coming…

Glad I took a picture of the beautiful tree earlier this week, because the first snowflakes arrived in Gero on Thursday… (cont’d)



Presses and pasta

Another delightful dinner at La Vita e Bella! (cont’d)