We stayed up in some rather remote mountains in a place called Nagano for about a week. Nagano is a prefecture quite a way North from Kyoto. This is the view from next to the house we were staying at.. To see a larger version of this image click here [picasaweb.google.com]. The back of the house… It was nestled right within the mountainside.. A truly spectacular location. So peaceful and quiet and calm. No sounds of traffic or noise from any other people at all actually! The skies are wonderfully clear around here too, especially at night because there's no light pollution whatsoever. I've never seen so many stars out! Diffracted rainbow patterns from some glass that caught the light… Everywhere you look, there are mountains. It's fantastic! The sky and the air and everything up in the mountains is so clear. You can find some truly wondrous sky gradients on a sunny day!