杉山林道 Sugiyama Rindo
I went up Sugiyama Forest Road for the first time in several months. Due to the typhoon damage, it appeared that no one had been up there recently. I had some interesting encounters, making it a fun ride.
Up, up & up. Suddenly 3 little wild boars came out of the bush right in front of me and fled. That made me jump! Hang on! I can hear something still in the bush right near me. What if it is their mother!? What should I do!? I get ready! But it doesn't come out. Phew! I'm happy about that.
I continued on for 10 meters and came across a tiger keelback snake. Then after about another 10 meters, I came across a male pheasant. Pheasants always take off suddenly making a huge noise. It always makes me jump. This area is a wild zone.
It's an Akebi. Otherwise known as the fruit of a chocolate vine. Apparently the flowers smell like chocolate.
It didn't have a strong taste. It was kind of a weak milky taste, kind of reminding me of sago pudding. It wasn't sweet, nor sour, nor bitter. It tasted like nothing but was kind of nice. Anyway, I ended up eating it all, spitting out the pips as I went. I'm glad I tried it, as once upon a time, it was an autumn delicacy in Japan.