in one piece thankfully, apart from my best efforts to slide on my arse down a mountain side, and later be swallowed up by a muddy swamp. I took some sansai (lit. ‘mountain greens’) which will provide quite interesting eating over the next few days. My teacher for the day sliced up a yamaudo there and then and we ate this with su-miso; the taste was unreal – almost like fruit – and I doubt if I can ever eat the packaged supermarket rubbish again. There was still snow on the ground in patches where we were, but the colours of spring shoots and leaves was very beautiful.