Birthmas on Yakushima

yakushima rainbow

On Christmas/my birthday I woke up in our rustic little cabin on monkey island, walked out the door, and saw a rainbow. Not a bad way to start the best day of the year.

yakushima cabin

Determined to make the most of the culinary situation in town, we set out in the morning in search of french toast. Our target restaurant was scheduled to open at 9:00, so we planned accordingly, but they were closed for the holiday – much to our dismay. By the time we actually found a breakfast place that was open, we were starving and willing to eat anything put in front of us.

japanese christmas breakfast

Which turned out to be a good thing. Salad, ham, and egg is a pretty typical “western” style breakfast in this area, but the spaghetti, fried chicken, and potato salad were unexpected.

yakushima dog

After breakfast we wandered the town and found a cute Yakushima dog to pet.


Then we drove into the mountains and spotted a few Japanese deer. To me, they look like American deer chopped off at the knees.

yakushima deer

That one is just a little bigger than Murdock.

yakushima deer

Even though our hikes were basically rained out, the clouds made for some nice, moody lighting.

yakushima mountains

yakushima bridge

trees on yakushima

yakushima mountains

Dinner was pizza. Durn good pizza at a restaurant I’m going to write more about later.

yakushima pizza

The guy who makes the pizza on Yakushima also makes his own bread and oh dear. Such bread. It was better than most of of the European style bread I’ve had in America.

bread and cake

I flitted off in the afternoon for a massage at a fancy hotel and, while I was having my shoulders pinched and kneaded, Cody and our traveling buddies put together an impromptu party for me. With candles! I was genuinely surprised and maybe got a little misty-eyed but played it off super cool like I do. After cake we watched a Charlie Brown Christmas and, truth be told, I didn’t feel a twinge of homesickness all day.

yakushima cabin

No place like a cabin on an island for the holidays.

  1. Sounds like a ideal birthday/ you will never forget! Love the pictures.

    Lisa — January 15, 2014
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  2. pretty much the best birthmas anyone could ever ask for.

    hannah — January 15, 2014
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  3. All of these pictures are so much fun! And that bread looks delicious!! :) xo TJ

    TJ — January 16, 2014
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  4. Okay those deer are cracking me up. Happy birthmas!

    Miranda — January 16, 2014
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  5. It was, indeed, a very good birthmas. Thanks guys!

    courtney — January 16, 2014
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  6. i keep trying to double click your pictures to "like" them. such good stories and writing...

    callie — January 17, 2014
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  7. callie, your'e too kind!

    courtney — January 20, 2014
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