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Hut Albireo in YASHIGA-MINE

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Gosh, I found the Web-site and a photo of the Hut Albireo (八子ヶ峰ヒッテ,アルビレオ)

(When I searched in English before, I couldn’t find —– I got Japanese typing program only few years ago )

Hut Albireo (its name from a star in the Cygnus )  was a sister Hut of a mountain shelter Takami-ishi Goya (高見石小屋) in Kita-Yatsu-ga-take(北八ヶ岳), in japan.

—– (Until now I didn’t reveal the name of the mountain shelter I talked, because of my stories often goes too far, I thought, unless the people can verify it with the first-hand independent source, I didn’t like to do name-dropping).

[]Both Takami-ishi Goya and Hut Albireo were originally built by Mr. Satta but later they were taken over by the another hotel, Honzawa-Onsen.  And the Hut Albireo was bought by one of keeper, Mr.Kaji who was the chief volunteer of us.  In fact it was in a financial mess  we keepers were involved in a nightmare as Mr.Satta lost a lots of money in betting.   (Not very mountain like peaceful stories  🙂 )

( So, I learned a man’s life’s up and down entwined with a silly money affair, rather early stages of my life, fortunately or unfortunately. —– Since I hate money and gamble  :-D)

[] To build the Hut Albireo, we keepers were also worked hard from digging the ground works, to carry-up the building materials  (all worked for free though  😀 )  —– coming to the age of stock takings of the life, and looking back to those life I spent in the mountain (from 15 years to 27 years), I convinced that it formed my base of  Zen Buddhism.

In fact, I’ve learned the Buddhism in hardest way in the harshest condition   😀 After all, the matter is just do the work regardless even if it is for others. =  No Ego requiredSo, I’m very grateful I did it.  Ha ha ha  😀  —– (Such as a work in a building site in Okinawa while I was a drifter, the work in 30 m high was not too high for a rock climber, and the work was paid ! = In comparison to the unpaid work, such as carrying  the 50 kg of fire log 20 times everyday (its mean one ton everyday and continued one week ) any other work is easier =  who complains =only thankful to be alive = this must be the best lesson and the contemplation for one’s life.  Ha ha ha  😀 )

[] So that, to find the Hut Albireo is still there, and the same owner Mr.Kaji is still alive, was the greatest news to me.  (He was the keeper who carried 15 ton of log together every year. — the question is whether he became a Zen Buddhist or not  ? ) = I need to phone him ! —– Since then, what I found through phone was a bit spooky story that the volunteers, worked together with us (me and Mr.Kaji) around the same time, me and Mr.Kaji are the only surviving member now = rest of 5 were all dead.  What ? ? ? —– (I don’t miss them. Any how they didn’t work for cutting log, or carrying up the food staff = all the heavy work. — They did just disappeared.  😀 )

Yashigamine-031.06.22-teiten-600( Incidentally, when I had my wedding, the Ceremony was conducted in the Shinto Shirline  Suwa-taisha (諏訪大社) and we had wedding party in this very Hut = it was my biggest folly of my whole life.   😀 ) 

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  1. bentehaarstad said, on February 4, 2013 at 11:06

    So now I know how you became a zen. I really didn’t know it was trough such very hard work. Impressive, Yoshizen. And a very nice place.

    • yoshizen said, on February 4, 2013 at 12:35

      Thank you Bente.
      I think, hard work contributed to build my physics and the mental toughness. As female volunteers were also there, they don’t necessary did such as carrying-up the water when we had no rain. (Except a woman called
      Ms.Saso who lost her life on a rock face = she was awfully tough) But we volunteers learned the rules to be
      a mountain keeper to help others unconditionally and never panicked in any situation. Those rules are common with the Buddhism. (And a kind of pure simple life (as in the high mountain, no modern amenities =
      no electrics, or gas fire. Water from the rain) with a lots of stars in the sky or forest-fruits etc etc) 🙂
      So, this is the reason, I’m curious to know what kind of philosophy Mr.Kaji gained on his later life.

      Takami-ishi was in the Fir or Larch tree forest (2,300m high) and Albireo was on the grassy hill top as the
      photos shows. (1860m high) = in the snowy season, it was pretty good for skiing.
      It was a reason, when I saw the forest in the Finland I wanted to live there (though, they stopped me with a reason of dark, long night in winter 🙂 )

  2. elenacaravela said, on February 5, 2013 at 16:06

    What a glorious place for a wedding!

    • yoshizen said, on February 5, 2013 at 21:45

      Being as a 1860m high advantage point, away from the light pollution, the place is one of best place to
      see the sky, the stars, the clouds not mention the alpine-flora though the marriage itself was ill-fated.
      Since after a divorce, I left Japan and end-up complete celibacy. (That’s why I described that I learned
      the Zen Buddhism hardest way 😀 )

      Among over 50 guests, other than the members of the Alpine Club, they didn’t have any experience to
      stay in the mountain, so that those people had once in the life time memory. ( I hired the Hut for the
      guests to stay free, and many of them enjoyed a week long holiday in the mountain).

  3. drawandshoot said, on February 8, 2013 at 03:39

    Very nice to see this place that you spent so much time being part of. A beautiful place!

    • yoshizen said, on February 8, 2013 at 10:35

      Thank you Karen.
      Not only beautiful place, but also I met so many interesting people who otherwise I couldn’t
      have a chance to meet in ordinary environment.
      ( That’s how I’ve learned to see the world in open eyes ! )

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