The last Japanese wolf was killed by hunters in Higashi-Yoshino in Nara Prefecture in 1905. This is probably what the village is most known for within Japan.

But this was not what brought me to the mountainous village. As shared in the previous post, I had found a stylish Airbnb accommodation in Higashi-Yoshino and decided to stay a few days to explore the Japanese countryside.

During our brief sojourn in Higashi-Yoshino, we took leisurely walks by the river, passed a waterfall and ancient shrines, climbed over many moss-covered stones, weaved amongst skinny tall trees, and listened to riotous symphonies by unknown insects. And, yes, we also fed several mosquitoes.

It’s remarkable how being surrounded by nature, even if it is for a few days, can transform how one feels and thinks. I think the world will be a better place if everyone is mandated to go ‘away’ for two to three days!

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