Another "never at this time of year" typhoon threatened the mid-coast of Japan. While waiting for it to either pounce or clear off, Diana and I wandered down the quaint narrow streets of Shimoda. The town offers beautiful temples, numerous parks, a scenic gondola car, and from June through July, an explosion of hydrangeas. Just as they do for the cherry blossoms in April, people fly in from all over the nation to participate in the Shimoda Hydrangea Festival. Once under control, the Japanese adore nature like no other people I have met.